Evening top 5: Murder charges dropped against 7 people; two found dead in Mayo

Tuesday's main talking points

The murder charges against seven people who were on trial for beating Dale Creighton to death on a footbridge in Dublin in 2014 have been dropped.

Five of the accused have pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter and these have been accepted by the DPP.

Two weeks ago, each of the seven accused pleaded not guilty to the murder of Dale Creighton who died in hospital on January 2nd 2014 – a day after being beaten on a pedestrian footbridge in Tallaght over a stolen mobile phone.

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The bodies of a man and a woman have been discovered at a house near Claremorris in County Mayo.

They are believed to be aged in their sixties and seventies.

A third person, a younger man, has been discovered injured, nearby.

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Gardaí are investigating the discovery of two bodies in a house in Co Kildare yesterday morning.

The bodies of a man and a woman, who are both believed to be aged in their 70s, were found at the house in Ashfield Park in Naas at around 11.30am.

Post-mortem examinations are due to take place.

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A series of new HIQA reports has found evidence of non-compliance with regulations and standards at four care centres for elderly people.

The monitoring body has released 19 inspection reports this morning.

HIQA says 15 centres were found to be in compliance with regulations, and that "residents’ needs were met and the care delivered to residents was safe in these centres".

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Republican candidate Donald Trump has taken a slender lead in the polls over democratic rival Hillary Clinton as decision day approaches in the US election.

The latest ABC News/Washington Post tracking poll has Trump sitting on 46% with Clinton on 45%. Elsewhere Gary Johnson sits on 3% with Jill Stein on 2%. The results are within the margin of error between the two main candidates.

To give the poll some perspective, Mitt Romney led Barack Obama by the same percentage at the same stage in 2012 but failed to oust the incumbent.