Evening Top 5: A tragedy on the Liffey; Minister Ross backs away from Luas; and a Venezuelan emergency

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Boy, 13, dies after drowning in the Liffey

Gardai say the teeanger got into difficulty after entering river between Islandbridge and Chapelizod.

The garda sub-aqua team attended the scene and the teenager's body was taken from the water at around 4 o' clock.

The boy's body was moved to St James' Hospital for a post-mortem.


The new Transport Minister has said he won’t be getting involved in the ongoing Luas dispute.

Speaking on Marian Finucane on RTE Radio 1, Shane Ross said his department is monitoring the dispute between drivers and operator Transdev but is "not going to do anything about [it]".

"The Luas strike is not something which a minister … can or should get involved in," he said.


Six people have been killed in another Iraqi suicide bombing

At least 14 attackers broke into a residential and government complex this morning, killing five troops and one civilian.

In addition to homes, the complex also includes a police station and several government offices.

Five attackers blew themselves up while clashing with security forces, while others holed up inside the buildings, and were later killed.

Gwyenth Paltrow is selling $15,000 sex-toys on her website

Paltrow's GOOP website has long been on the end of some heavy criticism, yet again.

From "designer throws" that cost the guts of $1,000, to safety pin earrings that cost $1,250, you can barely go from one page to the next of GOOP without encountering something you don't really need, with a price tag you definitely can't afford.

The President of Venezuela has declared a state of emergency, citing US 'plots'

Opposition parties are seeking to recall the unpopular President Maduro, 53, amid a worsening food and medicine crisis in oil-rich country.