Evening top 5: Abortion referendum; Ann Louise Gilligan tributes; and EpiPen coup?

The top stories this Thursday night

Varadkar announces abortion referendum for next year

Amidst the news of a new Taoiseach in the Dáil and the announcement of his Cabinet, the news that Leo Varadkar had confirmed an abortion referendum, seemed to slip through the cracks.

Yesterday he confirmed that the referendum will take place sometime next year.

He said Health Minister Simon Harris would be responsible for bringing forward legislation to allow for the referendum on the eight amendment.

Katherine Zappone's wife Ann Louise dies

Tributes have been flooding in for Dr Ann Louise Gilligan, the wife of Independent Minister Katherine Zappone.

Minister Zappone said she passed away after a brief illness.

In a statement, she said: "I am heartbroken following the passing of my beloved Ann Louise.

"Since 1981 she has been my love and my life-partner."

Weekend weather scorcher on the way

No, it’s not your imagination – it is getting warmer out.

And the weekend is set to be no exception, with highs of 25°.

Met Éireann says Friday will be a warm and mostly dry day, with some early morning drizzle likely in places.

But sunny spells will develop - best over the midlands, south and east - where it will be very warm with temperatures of 21 to 24°.

WATCH: Awkward scenes between Matt Kuchar and Sky Sports presenter

Yesterday on the practice area Sky Sports presenter Andrew Coltart was involved in an incredibly strange moment.

Coltart was out roaming the course, with the aim of receiving a quick word from some of the world's top golfers.

Matt Kuchar who is generally regarded as a very well liked and respected player on tour, was chipping some balls onto the green.

The presenter eventually gets to Kuchar and proceeds to ask him a question about his approach shot.

EpiPen's shareholders threaten coup over former CEO's multi-million payout

EpiPen maker Mylan is racing to halt a revolt from shareholders outraged by a $98 million (€87 million) pay package for its former CEO.

Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), a shareholder advisory firm, made a surprise move in urging investors to oust all of Mylan's existing directors.

ISS criticised the Mylan board for "multiple egregious pay decisions" and a failure to heed "warning signs" ahead of last summer's scandal over EpiPen pricing.