Evening top 5: Five bodies among Snowdonia helicopter debris; Garda Commissioner grilled over data falsification; Sturgeon sends her exit letter

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Snowdonia helicopter victims were members of same family

Five bodies have been found with the wreckage of a helicopter that crashed in the Snowdonia area of Wales yesterday.

Rescue teams have yet to recover all those on board and there are fears the operation may have to be suspended overnight due to worsening weather conditions and the difficult and treacherous terrain in the area.

The wreckage was discovered earlier today after the aircraft went missing on a journey from Luton to Dublin yesterday afternoon.

Fianna Fáil still unable to back commissioner following Oireachtas appearance

Fianna Fáil is set to publish legislation aimed at giving more powers to the Policing Authority.

The party has also confirmed that it remains unable to express confidence in the Garda Commissioner following her appearance before the Oireachtas Justice Committee.

During a four-hour hearing this morning, Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan told the assembled politicians that she was yet to establish whether breath testing data had been recorded by Gardaí dishonestly or as a result of an error.

Ian Bailey released ahead of extradition hearing

Ian Bailey has been released on bail following his arrest as part of the latest attempt to have him extradited to France.

He’s wanted there to stand trial for the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier, who was found dead near her holiday home in Schull in west Cork in December 1996.

Mr Bailey was arrested by gardaí twice but has never been charged with anything in this jurisdiction.

The 60-year-old was arrested on foot of a French-issued European Arrest Warrant that was endorsed by the High Court this morning.

Social housing residents battling discrimination and stigmatisation

Social housing residents are facing significant social stigmatisation, according to a new report, with many job-seekers forced to hide their address to avoid discrimination.

The Clúid Housing Association said social housing residents are often unfairly depicted as “work-shy scroungers” and find themselves battling against preconceived negative views from certain elements of wider society.

Clúid is a not-for-profit provider of social housing for over 6,000 tenants across the country.

Nicola Sturgeon officially requests second Scottish independence referendum

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has written to the British prime minister formally requesting talks to facilitate a second Scottish independence referendum.

The full text of the letter will be made public on Friday, however it has been reported that Ms Sturgeon will urge Mrs May to make a start on transferring the power to have a referendum.

She will say time is tight if the process for holding it is to be squeezed into her preferred timetable of 18 months.