Evening top 5: Console crisis, Ivor Bell trial and controversy over cow shooting

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Suicide charity Console expected to be wound down

Console is expected to be wound down in the wake of revelations about financial irregularities at the suicide prevention charity.

The HSE discussed plans to safeguard the future of Console services with the charity's interim CEO, David Hall, this morning. 

It is anticipated that its three services, including a 24/4 helpline, will be transferred to other support organisations.


Veteran republican Ivor Bell to stand trial in connection with Jean McConville murder

A judge in Northern Ireland has ruled that veteran republican Ivor Bell will stand trial over his alleged involvement in the murder of Jean McConville.

Mr Bell, from west Belfast, is charged with aiding and abetting the kidnap, killing and secret burial of the mother-of-10 in 1972.

He denies the allegation, and also the charge of being a member of the IRA.


Theresa May or Andrea Leadsom to be next British PM

British Home Secretary Theresa May and Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom will battle it out for the Conservative leadership after leading Brexit campaigner Michael Gove was eliminated from the contest in the second round of voting.

Mrs May appears to be the front-runner for the top job after she picked up 199 votes from Tory MPs, while Mrs Leadsom received 84, with Mr Gove on 46.

The two women will now go head-to-head in a vote of around 150,000 Conservative members across the country later this year.


Minister says cows shot during bankruptcy seizure were 'not treated inhumanely'

A government minister has dismissed allegations that cows shot dead during a bankruptcy seizure in Monaghan were cruelly treated. 

The five animals were culled on Tuesday morning at the farm of Mr John Hoey in the Annacroft area.

The heifers were shot by members of the Defence Forces after failed attempts to move them, prompting calls from several TDs for an investigation.


Dublin Bus syndicate collect Euromillions jackpot of almost €24m

Twenty-two Dublin Bus drivers have collected their winnings from the National Lottery.

The group – who have 700 years of service between them – collected over €1m each after sharing a Euromillions jackpot of €23,845,060 from last Friday’s draw.

The lucky ticket was sold in O’Hanlon’s Spar Shop on Station Road, Portarlington.