Evening Top 5: EgyptAir black box; LGBT Report; Missing person in Dublin

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The LGBT community has highlighted the need for hate-crime legislation to be introduced in Ireland, as there are currently no such laws in place.

The call is among the key findings of a new report looking at the main issues among the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community in Ireland.

'Burning Issues 2', conducted by the National LGBT Federation (NXF), is the most comprehensive consultation ever conducted with the community across Ireland.


Data downloaded from a repaired black box of the EgyptAir jet which crashed in the Mediterranean confirms there was smoke in the aircraft.

The Egyptian investigation committee looking into the downing of MS804, which killed 66 people, said soot had also been found on a piece of wreckage from the plane.

"Recorded data is showing a consistency with ACARS messages of lavatory smoke and avionics smoke," an investigation committee said in a statement.


Gardaí are appealing for assistance in tracing missing person Patrick Wright.

The 39-year-old was last seen in the Blanchardstown area of Dublin on Monday (June 27th).

He is described as being 5ft 5" in height, of slight build with grey receding hair. When last seen Patrick was wearing a grey jumper with wine sleeves, 'Stihl' work wear trousers and black coloured 'Stihl' boots.


A man has been found guilty of making two threats to seriously harm his wife during the breakdown of their marriage in 2014.

The jurors still have to consider whether he forced her to have sex with him that night, as well as her claim that he head butted her on their son’s birthday a few weeks beforehand.

The 42-year-old is also accused of threatening to kill her on two occasions and the jury will continue its deliberations tomorrow morning.


The European Commission says student exchange programmes between the Republic of Ireland and Britain will continue for at least another two years until the UK formally leaves the EU.

Speaking to Newstalk.com, Ruth Deasy of the EU office in Dublin said she wants to impress on people that the Erasmus exchange programme has not changed yet, and will not change for at least two years.

She also wants to reassure Irish students undertaking study abroad programmes in the UK next year that they will go ahead as normal.