Evening top 5: eBay closure, Hickey bail application and Colombian peace deal

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US technology company eBay is to close its operations in Dundalk in the second quarter of next year.

In an email sent to staff today, Senior Vice-President of Global Customer Experience Steve Boehm said the company is proposing to expand in the operating locations where it already owns or leases space.

eBay is now set to begin what it called a "formal consultation process" with its 150 employees in the town. 


Lawyers for OCI president Pat Hickey have formally filed paperwork making a new application for bail.

His solicitors in Rio de Janeiro want the 71-year-old to be freed under house arrest, while he awaits a full court hearing, according to RTÉ.

There is no indication yet as to when his application for bail may be heard by the city's courts.


Colombia's government has agreed a peace deal with leftist rebels to end one of the world's longest-running conflicts.

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) will lay down arms and reintegrate into civilian life under the historic agreement, which brings to an end a war that began in the 1960s and once threatened the country's existence.

The accord, which was finalised after nearly four years of talks in Cuba, sparked celebrations in parks and bars in Colombian capital Bogota.


At least 13 people, mostly children, have been killed in the Syrian city of Aleppo after barrel bombs were dropped into a crowded residential area.

Activists and a doctor in the battered rebel-held part of the city blamed forces supporting the regime of Syrian President Bashar al Assad for the attack.

The victims reportedly included a two-month-old baby and a three-year-old girl.


Gardaí have seized drugs worth up to €2 million in separate seizures in the past week in Dublin, Louth and Meath.

Ten people were arrested during the raids, which targeted four separate criminal groups.

Detective Superintendent Tony Howard said the haul included multiple kilos of cannabis, heroin, cocaine and ecstasy tablets and mixing agent.