Evening top 5: ASTI school closures; Katie Taylor turns professional

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ASTI president hints at possible deal to stop school closures next month

The president of the Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI) has hinted that a short-term deal could be reached to stop further closures of secondary schools.

Some 18,000 members of the ASTI union were out on strike today, forcing up to 250,000 secondary students to stay home. 

Six more strike days are scheduled for the coming weeks, from November 8th to December 7th, while ASTI members plan to also withdraw from supervision and substitution duties. 


Katie Taylor's professional debut confirmed for November 26th

Katie Taylor's move to the professional ranks has been confirmed.

The London 2012 gold medalist will make her debut in London on November 26th at the SSE Arena at Wembley.

The 30-year-old Bray fighter has joined ranks with Eddie Hearn's Matchroom Boxing group.


Man found guilty of murdering Kildare man Jason Doogue

A man has been found guilty of murdering Jason Doogue in Co Kildare on August 21st last year.

James Lammon of Cardington Way in Athy denied shooting the 22-year-old after cycling up to him outside his friend's house in the Greenhills area of the town. 

His trial heard he threatened to kill him a few hours beforehand and used his nephew's bike to carry out the killing.


Goodbye, Vine: Video app is being closed down

Twitter has announced that it is closing Vine, its six-second video app.

The social network said it be will shut down in the coming months, but the website will stay online so people can watch previous posts.

The announcement follows news that Twitter is to cut 9% of its workforce - around 350 jobs.


Michelle Obama joins Hillary Clinton at rally for first time

Michelle Obama has joined Hillary Clinton on stage for the first time in the presidential campaign at a rally in North Carolina.

The US first lady and former first lady shared a warm embrace as they arrived on the platform.

Mrs Obama has previously made several emotional pleas endorsing Mrs Clinton and urging voters not to support her rival Donald Trump.