Evening top 5: Government under pressure as Garda strike looms; Lance Armstrong backs out of Dublin appearance

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Trump facing new sexual misconduct claim

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is facing yet another accusation of unwanted sexual contact in the US.

The latest accusation comes just hours after the presidential candidate again denied ever having had inappropriate contact with women.

During the third Presidential debate on Wednesday night, Trump called the stories surrounding his sexual behaviour “lies and fiction” and alleged that his opponent, Hillary Clinton, “got these people to step forward.”

Government preparations for Garda strike "deplorable" - Adams

Only a “small number” of officers will be allowed to operate the PULSE system tomorrow as Garda industrial action gets underway.

On Monday the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (AGSI) decided "overwhelmingly" to join their rank-and-file colleagues in taking industrial action next month.

The decision means AGSI members will “withdraw from labour” alongside their colleagues from the Garda Representative Association (GRA) for four days in November.

Lance Armstrong pulls out of One Zero Conference appearance in Dublin

Lance Armstrong has pulled out of his scheduled appearance at the One Zero Conference in Dublin.

The former cyclist had been due to be interviewed by Irish sports journalist Ewan MacKenna tomorrow Friday, October 21st.

But citing legal reasons, the Texan has withdrawn from the conference.

Organisers confirmed that his withdrawal was confirmed at 16:00 GMT on Thursday October 20th, just 24 hours before he was due to be interviewed by MacKenna.


Sinn Féin calls for block on TD pay increases

Sinn Féin has tabled a motion in the Dáil calling for a stoppage on pay rises for all politicians.

The party called plans to give TDs pay restoration of more than €5,000 over the next two years “unwarranted and outrageous”.

Plans announced as part of Budget 2017 also included salary hikes amounting to €12,000 over three years for government Ministers.

Clinical Zenit hand Dundalk their first defeat in the Europa League group stages

Second half goals from Robert Mak and Giuliano handed Dundalk their first defeat in the Europa League group stage, as they were beaten 2-1 at Tallaght Stadium. 

Robbie Benson had put the home side ahead just before the hour mark when his swerving effort from distance beat Yuri Ldygin in the Zenit goal.

But as the game wore on, Dundalk began to show signs of tiredness, with tonight's clash constituting their fifth game in 12 days. Concentration levels dropped and the visiting Russians were able to pick apart the Dundalk defence.