Evening top 5: Five killed in dark day on Irish roads; New commissioner may be recruited internationally; Hurricane Irma leaves trail of destruction

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Five people killed in separate crashes in Mayo and Cork

Five people have been killed on Irish roads this afternoon following separate collisions in Mayo and Cork.

Gardaí confirmed this afternoon that two women and a seven-year-old child died after a car and a truck collided on the N17 Galway to Sligo Road near Claremorris at around 12:30pm.

One of the women was aged in her 70s while the other was in her forties.

It comes after a man and a woman were killed in a separate collision in Cork earlier today.

The incident happened at around 11am on the N20 Cork to Mallow Road at the Waterloo Junction.

New Garda Commissioner may be recruited internationally


The Minister for Justice has suggested that the next Garda Commissioner may be recruited from outside the State.

Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan announced her decision to retire yesterday evening.

In a statement, she said her job had become an "unending cycle of requests, questions, instructions and public hearings" - insisting this was affecting her ability to reform the force.

The Policing Authority has already begun searching for her replacement and is expected to make a recommendation to government in the coming months.

Hurricane Irma leaves trail of destruction across the Caribbean

A trail of destruction has been left across the Caribbean in the wake of deadly Hurricane Irma.

Dozens of people have been killed, thousands left homeless and billions of Euro worth of damage caused after the category five storm raged from Antigua to Cuba before hitting the US.

With reports of stranded families, flooded homes and civil unrest following the storm, concerns are growing as survivors now face running out of supplies.

Meanwhile around 5.7 million homes and businesses in Florida remain without power following the Hurricane

Aung San Suu Kyi may be stripped of freedom of Dublin City

Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi could become the first person to be stripped of the freedom of Dublin city.

The de facto leader of Myanmar – also known as Burma – was awarded the Irish honour in 2012 following a two-decade struggle for democracy in the South East Asian country.

However, she has come in for increasing criticism in recent weeks as international concern mounts over the persecution of the Rohingya minority in Myanmar.

The UN Human Rights Chief has warned that the treatment of the Muslim Rohingya population in the country's Rakhine state appears to be a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing."

Man suffers serious head injuries in Longford hit and run

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to a hit and run incident in Longford yesterday.

A pedestrian in his 20s suffered serious head injuries after he was hit by a silver Ford Transit at Main Street, Edgeworthstown at 2:30am.

Gardaí said the van failed to remain at the scene.

The man was taken to the Midland Regional Hospital Mullingar before being transferred to Beaumont Hospital in Dublin, where he remains in a critical condition.