Evening top 5: Garda strike likely to go ahead; number of homeless families in Dublin surpasses 1,000

The top stories on Newstalk.com this Wednesday...

Government will 'take messages of Brexit forum' to Brussels and London

The Foreign Affairs Minister says the Government will present the messages of today's all island forum on Brexit to in Brussels and London.

Charlie Flanagan says he is 'encouraged' by today's dialogue - which saw over 300 political, business and civic representatives share their concerns about the impact on trade and fears of a return to a hard border.

GRA: Strike will go ahead unless there is "significant progress" towards pay increases

Ciaran O'Neill. Image: RollingNews.ie

The Garda Representatives Association (GRA) says its strike action will go ahead unless they hear of "substantial and significant progress towards real and tangible increases in pay".

The association - which represents around 10,500 rank-and-file gardaí - has been involved in talks with the Justice Department at the Labour Court today in a late bid to avert the industrial action planned for this coming Friday.

FA confirms England can wear armbands bearing poppies

Number of homeless families in Dublin surpasses 1,000 for first time

Focus Ireland says the number of homeless families in Dublin has surpassed 1,000 for the first time.

The charity's figures show that 65 families became newly homeless in the city in September.

It brings the total to 736 families - including 1,389 children - having become homeless in Dublin in the first nine months 2016.

FA confirms England can wear armbands bearing poppies

Picture by Nick Potts PA Wire/PA Images

England's footballers can wear black armbands bearing poppies in their November 11th match against Scotland, the FA has said.

Even the British Prime Minister has waded into the row over the World Cup qualifier, calling FIFA's earlier decision to ban poppies from the pitch as "utterly outrageous".

Fight Like Apes call it a day - and say financial pressures mean more acts will be forced to quit

Irish synth-rock group Fight Like Apes have announced that they will disband following an upcoming string of Irish shows.

The band warns that while Ireland has never produced so many talented and diverse musicians - more artists will be forced to call it a day due to financial pressures.