Evening top 5: Facebook to create hundreds of jobs; Gate Theatre appeal; Puigdemont urges peaceful protest

The top stories this Thursday night

'Hundreds' more Facebook jobs for Ireland next year

Hundreds more Facebook jobs are set to come on stream in Ireland next year, the company has confirmed.

The news comes after the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar visited the social media's headquarters in Silicon Valley on Thursday.

He also met with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, as part of his trade mission to the US west coast.

Gate Theatre appeals for employees affected by sexual harassment to come forward

The Gate Theatre is asking employees and contractors affected by sexual harassment and abuse of power to contact them.

Management say they are to appoint an independent HR advisor to handle any issues raised.

In a statement, it says it joins other theatrical institutions "to condemn the issue of sexual harassment and abuse of power in the theatre world in Ireland and internationally."

Charity calls for updated research into sexual abuse in Ireland

There are calls for a large research project to be carried out into sexual abuse in Ireland.

The last in-depth study was completed fifteen years ago.

The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre (DRCC) says it has seen an increase in the reporting of sexual assaults over the past few weeks, following a number of high profile controversies.

Ousted Catalan leader Puigdemont urges supporters to protest "without violence"

Ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has appeared on Catalan TV to urge thousands of pro-independence supporters to protest "without violence" after nine ex-ministers were jailed.

Speaking on Spain's TV3, he called on Catalans to demonstrate against the Spanish authorities "peacefully and with respect for everybody's opinions".

He added: "The fury with which the Spanish government has attacked a beautiful European nation is outrageous and is threatening us all."

Dr Michael Shine found guilty of indecently assaulting two young boys

A retired surgeon has been found guilty of indecently assaulting two boys at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda and his private clinic.

Yesterday, Dr Michael Shine of Wellington Road in Dublin 4 was cleared of groping three other boys.

Dr Shine, who is now 85, had strongly denied the charges and told the jury he’d never do anything to upset a patient.