Evening top 5: Request submitted for Wisconsin vote recount; GRA refuses to put confidence in the head of the Public Sector Pay Commission

The top stories on Newstalk.com this evening

The election commission in Wisconsin receives request for vote recount in state narrowly won by Donald Trump.

Jill Stein, the Green party’s candidate in the US presidential election, formally filed a motion for a recount in Wisconsin on Friday as her funding effort for counting the votes again in three states passed $5 million.

A Hillary Clinton win in Wisconsin alone would not overturn Mr Trump's lead - it provides only 10 votes in the crucial electoral college that gave him victory in the 8 November election.


The Garda Representative Association (GRA) is refusing to say whether it has confidence in the head of the Public Sector Pay Commission.

Kevin Duffy retracted comments he made yesterday suggesting a proposed Garda strike would be akin to mutiny.

In a statement this evening, the GRA acknowledged his retraction but reserved its position on whether it believes Mr. Duffy is able to carry out his role in an objective and impartial manner.

The President of the GRA, Ciaran O'Neill, had previously said that Mr. Duffy would have to consider his position in light of his remarks. 


Gardaí are investigating the armed robbery of a bookmakers in Louth this evening.

A man entered Boylesports on Clanbrassil Street in Dundalk shortly before 7pm armed with a firearm.

He threatened staff and made off with a sum of cash - there are no reports of any injuries.

The suspect - who was wearing dark clothing and had his face covered - escaped via Long Walk and made his way back onto Clanbrassil Street via a laneway.

Anyone who has any information or noticed anything suspicious is asked to contact Gardaí.


The Taoiseach says he expects the UK to be told that they must allow for freedom of movement, if the country wants access to the single market after Brexit.

Enda Kenny also said he thinks the Brexit negotiation process will take up to 5 years, as opposed to the 2 years previously expressed by the British Government.

Mr Kenny was speaking after meeting with leaders from across the North and Britain in Wales today.

The Taoiseach says he expects the UK's exit from the EU to be discussed in more detail when the 27 other member states meet next month.


News network CNN accidentally broadcast 30 minutes of hardcore pornography last night.

Scheduled travel show Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown had been replaced by 30 minutes of adult entertainment featuring adult film star Riley Quinn.

The mix-up only affected viewers in Boston, as CNN’s broadcasting in the city is provided by RCN, a local television provider.