Evening top 5: Court rejects application against Apple data centre; customers reveal human cost of tracker mortgage scandal

The top stories this Thursday evening...

Family "shocked and heartbroken" after woman found dead in west Belfast

A woman believed to have been murdered at a flat in west Belfast may have been dead for more than two years before being found.

The body of 68-year-old Marie Conlon was discovered on Friday by PSNI officers after concerns were raised about her welfare.

In a statement this evening, the Conlon family said they were 'shocked and heartbroken' to learn of Marie's death.

Court rejects appeal against €850m Apple project in Athenry

Artist's impression of proposed Athenry data centre

The Commercial Court has rejected an application to quash planning permission for Apple’s new multi-million Euro data centre in Athenry.

The €850m investment has been held up for years while a similar project in Denmark – originally announced alongside the Galway plans – is now close to completion.

Census figures: Number of people in Ireland with 'no religion' increased by 74%

The number of people in Ireland who say they have 'no religion' increased by 74%, according to data from last year's Census.

The latest figures also show there are also fewer Catholics in the country.

The CSO breakdown shows that the number of Catholics dropped by almost 130,000 since 2011.

Senator and TD claim Eighth Amendment Committee process has 'become a farce'

Senator Rónán Mullen with Mary Kenny and Deputy Mattie McGrath TD with members of the Pro Life Campaign talking to the media. Photo: Sam Boal /RollingNews.ie

Two members of the Oireachtas Committee set up to look at the issue of abortion claim the process has turned into a "farce".

Deputy Mattie McGrath and Senator Rónán Mullen say they've worked hard to achieve fairness in what they suggest is "sometimes a very unfriendly atmosphere".

Their comments came as GPs and crisis pregnancy experts addressed the Oireachtas Committee, which is considering the recommendations of the Citizens' Assembly.

"Financial abuse on a grand scale" - customers reveal the human cost of tracker mortgage scandal

Some of the tracker mortgage holders who were overcharged or wrongly denied a tracker rate have told the Oireachtas of the devastating medical and financial effects on their families.

Three women and one man appeared before TDs appealing for quicker action against the 15 banks known to have taken people off trackers.

A Central Bank probe has so far uncovered some 20,000 cases – however, it is estimated that number could reach 30,000.