Evening top 5: Bus Éireann staff to strike; tribunal into alleged garda smear begins

The top stories this Monday evening...

Thousands of people are facing travel disruption as workers at Bus Éireann are to hold an all-out strike from March 6th.

It comes as the board of company approved proposals for “immediate cost savings” to be implemented from the same date.

Bus Éireann say this is due to the "perilous state" of the company’s finances and the failure to reach agreement with unions at the Workplace Relations Committee (WRC) last week.

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The Disclosures Tribunal is urging potential witnesses or those with information to come forward urgently.

Mr Justice Peter Charleton has made the plea as he delivered an opening statement in public for the inquiry that is examining if there was an alleged smear campaign against garda whistleblower, Sergeant Maurice McCabe.

He warned potential witnesses that if they tell lies, do not cooperate or hinder the work of the tribunal, they are wasting taxpayers' money.

Mr Justice Charleton has appealed for written submissions from possible witnesses within the next two weeks.

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A man has been jailed for life for beating a man to death with a hatchet in a row over payment for the breeding of Chihuahuas.

Josh Turner of Mooretown in Ratoath, Co Meath was convicted last month of murdering Christopher Nevin outside a house in Navan in November 2015.

In her Victim Impact Statement, Christopher Nevin’s wife Lisa said a part of her died the day her husband was brutally murdered.

She said she used to be a “normal, happy person” who never knew what hate was - but hoped the two men who killed him “burned in hell”.

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PriceWaterhouseCoopers has taken the blame for #EnvelopeGate at this year's Academy Awards.

For 83 of the 89 Academy Awards, the accountancy firm has been responsible for tallying the votes and stuffing the envelopes with the winner’s name. And barring the occasional headache of announcing a tie or the rumoured slip involving Marisa Tomei, they’ve done their duty admirably.

But not in 2017. After a professional and smoothly handled Oscar show by first-time presenter Jimmy Fallon, the biggest gaffe in Oscar history saw Warren Beatty walk onto the stage with the wrong envelope. Frowning and furrowing his brow in the ensuing confusion, Beatty’s Bonnie & Clyde co-star Faye Dunaway saw the card awarding Emma Stone her Oscar for La La Land, and called out that movie.

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Speaking to Off The Ball, Italian head coach Conor O'Shea said:"We're sick of being put down and people having a go at us".

The Italian head coach fought his corner after criticism of his side's tactics against England in the Six Nations.

His team were massive underdogs heading into the game and were coming off the back of a heavy defeat to Ireland. Against Joe Schmidt's side they conceded nine tries and for fear of it happening again, something had to change. Something did change.