Evening Top 5: McClean and Hoolahan inspire Ireland; Giuliani “doesn’t know” if Trump committed sexual assault

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McClean and Hoolahan inspire Ireland to nervy three points in Moldova

Ireland had a nervy period during their game against Moldova, but eventually came through to get the three points. 

An early goal from Shane Long was equalised right before the half-time break, but James McClean was on hand to get a brace and see Ireland over the line. Martin O'Neill's side now sit alongside Serbia at the top of the group with seven points.

Charity calls for greater tenancy protections against international 'Vulture Funds'

Homeless services charity, Focus Ireland has called for proper legislation to prevent Irish tenants from eviction when properties are bought up by ‘vulture funds.’

The charity said Irish banks are preparing to sell off “many millions of Euros-worth” of Irish property to international buyers.

Giuliani says he “doesn’t know” if Trump committed sexual assault

Former New York Mayor Rudi Giuliani has admitted that he doesn’t know whether Donald Trump has committed sexual assault in the past.

When ABC host George Stephanopoulos put it to Mr Giuliani that Trump’s “grab them by the pussy” comments amount to a description of sexual assault, Mr Giuliani replied, “That is what he is talking about.”


"The messages were just vile" - Harry Arter reveals the extent of Twitter abuse after deflection rumours

Harry Arter described as "vile" the abuse he received on Twitter after rumours that was about to deflect to the England national team.  

This week, Paul Merson and Jeff Stelling of Sky Sports said that Arter had produced performances that would merit an England call-up despite the fact that he had already turned out for Ireland on three occasions.

Saudi Arabia to probe 'heinous' airstrike that killed 140 mourners in Yemen

A Saudi-led coalition has promised to investigate an air raid in Yemen that killed more than 140 mourners - after denying it was responsible.

Iran-backed Houthi rebels blamed the coalition for the attack on a funeral hall in the capital Sanaa in which more than 500 were also wounded.

The United States said it was "deeply disturbed" by the airstrike and would review its support for the coalition in the Yemen conflict.