Evening top 5: Belgian attacker "neutralised"; Poolbeg incinerator protests

The top stories on Newstalk.com this evening

Belgian Police say a person's been "neutralised" by soldiers at Brussels Central Station after a small explosion.

Local media says the individual was wearing an explosive belt - the area has been evacuated and trains have been stopped.

Officers say the situation is under control and there are no other casualties.



A woman who waived her right to anonymity after being raped two years ago says she hopes her actions will help other survivors to come forward.

Dominique Meehan spoke after Keith Hearne, who is from Tallaght, was sentenced to 12 years in jail for her rape at a gaming convention.

On July 4th 2015, she was preparing a meeting room for a presentation as part of the Arcade-Con gaming convention she was volunteering at in the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Blanchardstown.

The court heard 28-year-old Hearne locked the door, rugby tackled her to the ground, tied her hands behind her back with his tie and raped her.


In the UK, talks between the DUP and the Conservatives appear to have hit a last minute stumbling block.

DUP sources say the talks "haven't proceeded in the way they would have expected".

British Prime Minister Theresa May is looking for DUP support for a minority Conservative government.

The deal needs to be signed off before tomorrow's Queen's speech to the British Houses of Parliament.


The Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan has told the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) she cannot say who controlled an account at the centre of fraud allegations.

Commissioner O'Sullivan said the account, alleged to have be used for European money, was open between 1999 and 2010.

When she was first questioned, Ms O'Sullivan said the signatory to the account predated her term, and that of her predecessor.


Residents in Sandymount in Dublin are protesting against the Poolbeg Incinerator this evening.

An investigation is underway at the plant - where 11 workers were temporarily hospitalised earlier this month after an 'unscheduled' discharge of lime.

Operators Covanta, and Dublin City Council insist there is no risk to public safety.