Evening top 5: Apollo House court ruling; manhunt for Berlin suspect; and weather warnings issued ahead of storm

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Mixed response to decision to grant planning approval for North-South interconnector

There has been a mixed response to An Bord Pleanala's decision to grant planning approval for the North-South interconnector.

Eirgrid had proposed 300 KV pylons across Cavan, Monaghan and Meath through to Northern Ireland, from Batterstown in Meath, to Turleenan in Co Tyrone.

However, landowners and residents raised numerous concerns about the project during a 12-week oral hearing into the development earlier this year.

Fr Peter McVerry: Apollo House occupation has highlighted homeless crisis in 'extraordinary way'

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Homelessness campaigner Father Peter McVerry says the Apollo House occupation has highlighted the homeless crisis in an 'extraordinary way' - but is urging people to vacate the building by January 11th.

The NAMA owned building in Dublin city has been used as an unofficial homeless shelter since a group of activists broke in at the end of last week.

A judge has granted an injunction directing occupiers of the building to leave, although put a stay on the order until January 11th.

Two weather warnings in place as Storm Barbara approaches

Met Éireann has issued two weather warnings for several parts of the country.

Storm Barbara is set to pass over Ireland this weekend.

The forecaster has issued a status orange wind warning for coastal regions and high ground in Donegal, Galway and Mayo.

Germany offers €100,000 reward for information leading to arrest of Berlin attack suspect

Anis Amri

Germany has issued a reward of up to €100,000 to find the main suspect in the Berlin Christmas market attack.

A Europe-wide manhunt has been launched to trace Tunisian Anis Amri, who is believed to be armed and dangerous and has links to Islamic extremists, say investigators.

The 23-year-old is suspected of being at the wheel of a lorry which ploughed into a crowd of shoppers at a busy market in the German capital, killing 12 people and injuring 48 others.

'Significant' scholarship programme announced for refugees and asylum seekers

A Dublin university is introducing fifteen academic scholarships at undergraduate and postgraduate level for refugees and asylum seekers.

Each of the five faculties at Dublin City University (DCU) is providing a scholarship and the remaining ten scholarships will be offered for study on DCU’s online platform, DCU Connected.