Evening top 5: 100 killed in Syrian convoy bombing; Fine Gael lead Fianna Fail in latest poll

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Up to 100 killed in Syria convoy bombing

It's reported that up to 100 people have died in a blast near the Syrian city of Aleppo. 

An explosion hit a bus convoy carrying evacuees near the Syrian city of Aleppo.

Pro-Syrian government media in Damascus claims it was caused by a suicide attacker detonating a car bomb.

The blast hit buses carrying residents of two Shia villages who'd been evacuated from towns in northern Syria, besieged by rebels.

 

Audi, BMW and Volkswagen recall 250 Irish vehicles

Audi, BMW and Volkswagen are recalling several models of vehicles in Ireland due to concerns over airbags.

Audi is carrying out a voluntary recall of certain models of the A1, A4, A5, A6, A7, A8, Q5 and Q7 manufactured between 18/07/2016 and 14/10/2016.

It says as the result of a change in the production process, the airbag and belt tensioner igniters were manufactured without strict adherence to the prescribed tolerances.

 

Fine Gael lead Fianna Fail in latest opinion poll

A new poll shows an increase in support for Fine Gael with the party up 7% since last month's opinion poll. 

The latest Sunday Times Behaviour & Attitude Poll was conducted between March 30th and April 11th, when the water charges debate, the fake breath tests and Bus Eireann strike dominated the headlines. 

The latest poll sees Fine Gael once again becoming the most popular party, up seven points to 29%. 

 

UK applications for Irish passports increase by 70%

The amount of UK applications for Irish passports has increased by 70%. 

Between January and March 2017, 51,000 applications were received from the UK, compared to 30,000 last year.

Overall, there has been a surge in passport applications with the number of those applying for Irish passports in the first three months of this year up 26% from the same time last year.

 

Munster edge Ulster in epic Irish derby

Munster and Ulster provided a high octane Irish derby at Thomond Park as the home side won by 22-20. 

Ulster made their intentions clear from the start when they turned down a kickable penalty to go for the corner. 

The resulting maul saw Ireland captain Rory Best power over from close range as Munster's defence disintegrated on their own line. Paddy Jackson converted to take the scores out to 7-0.