Evening top 5: Former Tánaiste Peter Barry passes away; Hickey's family release statement

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Tributes are being paid to former Tánaiste Peter Barry, who has died at the age of 88.

Mr Barry was also a former minister and deputy leader of the Fine Gael party.

He served as a TD for Cork for almost 30 years, and held many Cabinet roles - including transport, education and the environment.


Pat Hickey's family has called on the Foreign Affairs and Sports Ministers to "urgently intervene" to address some "extremely worrying" issues surrounding his arrest in Brazil.

Mr Hickey temporarily stepped down as the president of the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) following his arrest in Rio last week in connection with an investigation into alleged ticket touting.

In a statement, Anne Marie James, solicitor for Mr Hickey's family, says no charges have yet been brought, "nor has an appropriate venue for a bail application been made available".


WhatsApp is an important tool in the lives of many of the one billion people on its user database. It's used by a whole host of people to stay in touch and share images, videos, documents, as well as the traditional voice call too.

It was announced on February 19th 2014 that Facebook had acquired the company, but the founders would still be heavily involved in the company. 

A blog post on the WhatsApp website assured the users that nothing would change in the aftermath of this takeover. 


Fresh from a silver medal-winning performance at Rio with brother Gary, Paul O'Donovan isn't standing still.

The Skibbereen rower has gone straight into the World Rowing Championships in Rotterdam and powered into the single sculls final with a commanding show.

"Only for the Olympics, this is the biggest event in the year in the rowing calendar so it's pretty important," he said as Off The Ball caught up with an athlete, who along with his brother, captured the imagination of fans in Ireland as they took home the country's first medal of the 2016 Games and entertained with their interviews after their final.


A new study has revealed that the amount of coffee you drink may be genetic.

As one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world, a lot of cups of coffee are had in workplaces and homes every day, with some people drinking more than others.

That propensity to knock back a few a day, or to limit yourself to just one or two, may be down to your genes, according to a study published in the the Journal of Scientific Reports.