Evening top 5: Varadkar support; GLEN closure criticism; and Wikipedia's top words

The top stories this Friday night

Government chief whip throws support behind "fearless" Varadkar

The Government Chief Whip Regina Doherty is laying her support behind Leo Varadkar in the Fine Gael leadership race.

Ms Doherty says Mr Varadkar 'has the smarts, integrity and sincerity' for the job.

In a statement, she says: "I want Fine Gael policies to reflect the values of our membership. I want Fine Gael policies to provide solutions to the challenges that the Irish people face."

GLEN founder "not consulted at any stage" of decision to close

A founder of the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network, GLEN, has hit out at the decision to wind down the group. 

Arthur Leahy has called for a meeting of all key stakeholders to "ascertain whether there is a viable alternative plan".

The decision to close the charity came after it appointed former Senator Jillian van Turnhout to carry out a comprehensive review of the organisation.

President Trump told Russians 'firing nut job Comey relieved pressure'

US President Donald Trump told Russian diplomats firing "nut job" FBI director James Comey relieved "great pressure", reports The New York Times.

The paper said the comments came from the White House's official written account of the Oval Office meeting.

One official had read quotations to the Times and another had confirmed the broad outlines of the discussion, the paper said.

Leinster stunned by Scarlets

Leinster have missed out on a place in the Guinness Pro 12 final after a 27-15 defeat at home to Scarlets in their playoff semi final.

The Welsh side led throughout despite being reduced to 14 men just before half time as a lacklustre Leinster failed to sparkle at the RDS.

Scarlets took a 7-0 lead when Steff Evans raced clear to score the first try which was converted by Rhys Patchell.

Map reveals the most common words on Wikipedia

One Reddit user has created a world map, showing the most common word used on each county's English language Wikipedia page.

The free online encyclopedia, which anyone can edit, has over 5,400,000 articles in English.

The map excludes linking words such as 'the', 'country' and 'government'.