Evening top 5: Call for Whelan appointment review; fire safety measures; and rip-off Ireland

The top stories this Friday night

Minister says Máire Whelan appointment should be reviewed

An independent member of Cabinet has called for a review of plans to make the former Attorney-General a judge, just as the Taoiseach defended it.

Transport Minister Shane Ross says the nomination of Máire Whelan should be reviewed 'to reassure people' of its validity.

The comments come as Leo Varadkar stands by the appointment, describing Ms Whelan as "the stand-out person for the vacancy".

Government calls on local authorities to check housing in light of London fire

The newly-appointed Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy wants local authorities to ensure all its multi-storey social housing has proper fire safety measures in place.

Minister Murphy has offered sympathy to the people of London affected by the Grenfell Tower block fire on Wednesday morning.

He said the tragedy "was a reminder of the dangers which fire can pose in society and he highlighted the need for vigilance at all times in relation to fire safety."

Man appears in court charged with more than 100 child abuse offences

A 62-year-old former caretaker at a GAA grounds in the Midlands has appeared in court charged with over 100 child abuse offences.

The offences are alleged to have happened over an eight year period.

A detective inspector gave evidence to the court of arresting the accused at 8.15am this morning at a town in the Midlands and bringing him to a Garda station where he was charged and cautioned with 144 offences.

US Open: How the Irish have fared on Day 2

Shane Lowry is the only Irish golfer currently inside the projected cut mark of 1-over at the US Open as Day 2 unfolds.

The Offaly man is 1-over after completing his second round at Erin Hills. He followed his 71 from yesterday with a 74 on Day 2.

Lowry had a poor front nine, which featured four bogeys and a birdie.

"Rip-off" Ireland is second most expensive EU nation for consumers

Ireland is the second most expensive EU country for goods and services.

Eurostat has estimated that Irish costs for a broad selection of products are 25% pricier than the EU average.

The country ranked as the most expensive for alcohol and tobacco, with prices 175% that of the average.