Evening top 5: SIPTU members at Trinity to strike; Taoiseach urges church to honour compensation agreement

The top stories this Friday evening...

SIPTU members in Trinity College Dublin have voted for strike action.

The union says the dispute is over management's failure to offer permanent contracts to staff.

SIPTU's John King says they'll meet on Wednesday to discuss their next step.

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The Taoiseach has urged the church to reflect following revelations religious orders have not come close to meeting their obligations regarding contributions towards compensation for survivors of institutional abuse.

It follows a report from the Comptroller and Auditor General that shows just 13% has been received from religious institutions of the promised 50/50 compensation split with the State.

The report confirms that congregations have so far offered the equivalent of about 23% of the cost, while contributions actually received represent about 13%.

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A suspect device has been made safe in Tullamore, Co Offaly.

It was found at a business park on the Clara Road earlier this afternoon.

A number of houses were evacuated and the army bomb disposal team gave the all clear at 5:30 this evening.

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One guest on the BBC managed to keep his composure, when his children interrupted his live  TV interview.

Robert Kelly, a professor of political science, was speaking about implications for South Korea and the wider region, after its president was removed from power.

But no one could have guessed what was about to happen.

 

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Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern has said Ireland's two main worries over Brexit are the damage to the food sector and the issue of the border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

In an interview on Sky News' All Out Politics, Mr Ahern also said he expected the UK Government to honour its financial obligations and pay a bill to the leave the EU - an idea backed by current Taoiseach Enda Kenny. 

It has been estimated that the exit bill could be as high as £50bn (€57m).