Evening top 5: Fine Gael leadership issue postponed; Seven earth-sized planets discovered orbiting single star

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Taoiseach to deal with leadership "shortly" after St Patrick's Day

The Taoiseach has told the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party he will deal with the issue of his leadership "shortly" after St. Patrick's Day.

Enda Kenny made a relatively short speech at a gathering behind closed doors in Leinster House this evening.

He stated that he wanted to go to the White House on St Patrick's Day and would deal with the issue of his leadership shortly after his meeting with the US President Donald Trump.

Seven earth-sized planets discovered orbiting single star

Scientists at NASA have discovered a fascinating new solar system with seven Earth-sized planets orbiting a single star.

Three of the planets are firmly located in the ‘Goldilocks zone’ - the area around a parent star where temperatures are not too hot or too cold - meaning the planets could be capable of hosting oceans of water, thought to be an essential building block for life.

Based on their densities, all of the planets are also likely to be rocky.

Flanagan expresses dismay at Derry bomb explosion

The Minister for Foreign Affairs has expressed his “shock and deep dismay” after a bomb exploded outside the house of a PSNI officer in Derry.

No-one was injured when the device detonated in the driveway of the officer's home in the Culmore area of the city.

An army disposal robot was approaching the device when it exploded.

It is believed the bomb was planted on the underside of the officer’s car before it fell off in the driveway.

Bus Éireann postpones decision on pay cuts

Bus Éireann is expected to outline in the coming days whether it will press ahead with unilateral cuts to employee pay.

Customers are facing the prospect of travel chaos should unions engage in an all-out strike in response to the proposals.

Talks between unions and Bus Éireann management collapsed at the Workplace Relations Commission yesterday.

On Monday, the company released a discussion document in which it said its financial situation is worsening with losses for 2016 now estimated at €9.4m.

Gardaí appeal for witnesses to fatal Cork assault

Gardaí in Fermoy are appealing for witnesses following a fatal assault which occurred late on Tuesday night at a truck parking area of a garage in Fermoy.

The body of a 40-year-old, believed to be a Polish national, was found at the garage on the Dublin Road at around 10.30pm yesterday.

It is understood he died after being attacked with a baseball bat.

Two men have been arrested in connection with the incident.