Evening top 5: Charities slam comments on homelessness; 70 households facing "mass eviction;" At least 15 dead in Greece floods

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Charities warn efforts to normalise homelessness "an insult"

The president of St Vincent de Paul has warned that efforts to talk down the homeless crisis are an insult to people struggling on the streets and in emergency accommodation.

Kieran Stafford was speaking in the wake of the Taoiseach’s claim that our homeless figures are not high by international standards.

Meanwhile, the head of the Housing Agency claimed that homelessness is not a crisis, but a normal factor of life.

Separately, the junior housing minister accused the media of exaggerating the scale of the crisis.

Dáil hears 70 households at Cork apartment block facing "mass eviction"

The Dáil has heard that 70 households have been told to quit an apartment block in Cork City.

Cork North Central TD Mick Barry told the house that the owners of the Leeside Apartments on Bachelors Quay are claiming they want to carry out refurbishments on the block.

It comes after the housing charity Threshold warned that up to 12% of tenancies are ended by landlords misusing a loophole in the Government’s Rent Pressure Zone legislation that allows rent increases following “substantial renovations” at a property.

At least 15 dead as violent storms hit Greece

At least 15 people have died in Greece after the central Mediterranean was hit by heavy flooding and violent storms.

Roads around the country were turned to muddy torrents and homes half-submerged by heavy rainfall that is expected to continue for several days.

Walls have been swept away, buildings collapsed and roads filled with rubble, as cars and trucks were thrown across streets and into fences.

African Union warns Zimbabwe military takeover "seems like a coup"

The head of the African Union has warned that the takeover of Zimbabwe by the country's military "seems like a coup."

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed for calm, non-violence and restraint after gunfire and explosions were heard near Mr Mugabe's compound.

The army chiefs who seized the capital, including the presidential palace and the state broadcaster, early on Wednesday have claimed they have not carried out a coup.

President Robert Mugabe is believed to be under house arrest despite an army claim that he was "safe."

'Elaborate' cannabis growhouse uncovered at scene of fatal Louth explosion

Gardaí say they have discovered an 'elaborate' cannabis cultivation plant in Drogheda at the scene of a fatal explosion last night.

It happened at The Cottages in the Beaulie area.

One 28-year-old man was killed in the explosion at the house, while another man is in hospital with serious injuries to his face, body and legs after.

A woman in her 20s is also in hospital with less serious injuries.