Evening top 5: 44 killed in Egyptian bombings; Bus Éireann talks enter crucial stages

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44 people killed in two bomb attacks on churches in Egypt

Egypt's president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is expected to declare a three-month state of emergency.

It follows two bomb attacks on Coptic Christian churches in the country this morning, which killed at least 44 people.

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the explosions in Tanta and Alexandria.

 

SIPTU: "Next 24 hours will bring Bus Éireann talks to a conclusion"

Talks at the Workplace Relations Comminsion over the Bus Éireann dispute have adjourned for the evening.

The NBRU says the parties will reflect on a number of issues overnight and reiterated that all sides are committed to reaching a conclusion.

SIPTU have said that "the next 24 hours will bring Bus Éireann talks to a conclusion one way or another".

 

Simon Harris to back Coveney in FG leadership race

Minister for Health Simon Harris is expected to back Simon Coveney in a FG leadership contest. 

Although Mr Harris has refused to comment publicly on his intentions, the speculation within Fine Gael is that he will publicly support the Minister for Housing at a pivotal time in the campaign.

According to a report from The Irish Times, a source within the party said that "Simon will back Simon," before adding "They will wait for the right time so that it can have maximum impact.’"

 

At least 15 killed in Somali car bomb attack

At least 15 people have been killed in a car bomb attack in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu.

Capt. Mohamed Hussein, a senior Somali police officer said that five soldiers and at least eight civilians travelling in a passing minibus were killed. 

Islamist militant group Al Shabaab was behind the attack.

Somalia's new military chief is said to have survived the suicide car bomb attack. 

 

Kerry beat Dublin by a point at Croke Park

Dublin boss Jim Gavin has praised the Kerry forwards after his Dublin side lost by a point at Croke Park on Sunday.

Speaking to Newstalk Sport's Oisin Langan after the match, Gavin said: "Cracking game once again. Four weeks ago we had a great game against Kerry down in Tralee. We learnt a lot and it brought us on a tonne. And that game [today] will as well. We're very disappointed we didn't get the performance - didn't get the win.

"I think you have to give all credit to Kerry. Their forwards looked really sharp today. The opening of the game and the opening of the second half as well, they looked very intentful - some great scores there for Kerry and I think they fully deserved the win," he added.