Evening top 5: French authorities name Louvre attacker; Royal Marine admits planning terrorist attack; Kenny may invite Trump to Ireland

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French authorities name Louvre attacker

French police have named the suspected terrorist who attacked soldiers with a machete at the Louvre museum in Paris.

The French President, Francois Hollande has praised the courage of the soldiers who stopped the attacker - who was armed with a machete and two backpacks.

The 29-year-old Egyptian attacker- names as Abdullah Reda al-Ha-mamy - was shot and wounded as he tried to enter the famous attraction.

Kenny to consider inviting Trump to Ireland

The Taoiseach has said he will consider inviting US President Donald Trump to visit Ireland.

Enda Kenny was speaking at the EU summit in Malta where EU leaders have been discussing a range of issues including Brexit, the refugee crisis and the US President. 

Mr Kenny reiterated his concerns about President Trump's use of executive orders and in particular his legislation regarding refugees - however he insisted the EU and US can work together.

Royal Marine admits planning terrorist attack

A serving British Royal Marine has admitted hoarding arms and explosives for a planned terrorist attack in Northern Ireland. 

Antrim native, Ciaran Maxwell pleaded guilty via video link at the Old Bailey in central London today. 

The 30-year-old, now resident in Exminster, Devon, was arrested by counter-terrorism officers in August 2016. 

His arrest followed the discovery of two arms dumps in a woodland area near Larne, County Antrim.

US government denies 100,000 visas revoked over travel ban

The US State Department has moved to deny reports that more 100,000 US visas have been revoked in the week since Donald Trump signed an executive order banning citizens of certain countries from entering the US. 

The Washington Post reported that the figure was revealed by a US government attorney during a hearing for two Yemeni brothers who were turned back from Dulles International Airport in Washington DC last Saturday. 

The brothers allege they were coerced into giving up their legal resident visas and put on a return flight to Ethiopia.

Murder witness admits lying about chihuahua row

The friend of a man who was allegedly murdered in a row over a Chihuahua has admitted he lied to Gardaí about whether the victim was armed. 

Josh Turner and Wayne Cluskey, who are both from Mooretown in Ratoath, Co. Meath, deny murdering Christopher Nevin at Tailteann Road in Navan. 

Yesterday, witness Wayne Casserly told the court that he had known the victim Christopher Nevin for half his life - they were best friends, he said.