Evening top 5: US astronaut John Glenn; Pat Hickey could have passport returned tomorrow; and the Taoiseach calls Gerry Adams Stack statement "incomplete"

The top stories on Newstalk.com this evening

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said Sinn Féin's Gerry Adams should name the driver of the van that brought Austin and Oliver Stack to a meeting with the IRA.

Speaking during RTÉ's Six One News, Mr Kenny said that he expected Mr Adams to name "the driver of the blacked out van to the Garda Commissioner – so that information could be part of a live investigation that’s going on here."

He said that Brian Stack’s killer is known and he described Mr Adams statement in the Dáil as "incomplete".

In a statement, Mr Adams said that if the Taoiseach is serious about assisting victims he should focus his energy on establishing a proper truth recovery process. 

“Why has the Taoiseach waited until now to make this call when a process was agreed between me and Austin and Oliver Stack that culminated in a meeting between the Stack brothers and a former IRA leader in 2013?" he said.


John Glenn, the first U.S. astronaut to orbit the Earth has died aged 95.

Glenn died at the James Cancer Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, where he was hospitalized for more than a week, said Hank Wilson, communications director for the John Glenn School of Public Affairs.

As well as his career as an astronaut, Glenn served 24 years in the Senate from Ohio. In 1984, he failed to secure the Democratic presidential nomination.



Pat Hickey's legal team in Rio de Janeiro has said he could be given his passport back tomorrow, allowing him to return to Ireland in the coming days.

Mr Hickey has temporarily stepped aside as president of the Olympic Council of Ireland during the investigation into alleged ticket touting at Rio 2016.

He has denied all allegations made against him.


A pedestrian has died in a crash in Co Roscommon.

Gardai said that a pedestrian was knocked down by a vehicle on the N5 at 5:45pm about a mile outside Frenchpark and was pronounced dead at the scene. 
Castlerea Gardai are investigating the incident, with the N5/Dublin-Westport road closed and diversions in place. 

Tattoo parlour Dublin Ink has said its sprinkler system Was not intended to wet homeless people, but to deter anti-social behaviour

A Dublin Inquirer article found the establishment using the sprinkler system following instances where waste and drug paraphernalia was improperly disposed of outside of the store.

Subsequently, Dublin Ink received an influx of both negative and positive reviews on their Facebook page., before the shop turned reviews off.

"To all of our customers and every one who was effected by the article that was posted in the Dublin Inquirer today; we feel that we owe, not just an apology to anybody that was offended, but an explanation", Dublin Ink said in a statement on their Facebook page. "As of 5 days ago, the sprinklers were disabled.