Evening top 5: Health minister warns of "unprecedented" overcrowding in children's hospitals; Magic McClean sends Ireland top

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Health Minister warns of “unprecedented, never before seen level of demand” facing children's hospitals

The Health Minister is appealing to parents to avoid visiting children's hospitals in Dublin this weekend - except in the case of an emergency.

Dublin’s three children’s hospitals issued a joint statement yesterday warning parents of “unprecedented demands for admissions” this weekend.

Parents have been urged to contact their family doctor or out-of-hours GP service before attending Emergency Departments after an “increase in patients presenting with respiratory infections particularly in younger children and babies.”

Sting reopens Iconic Bataclan Concert Hall in Paris

Mourners have placed candles and flowers opposite the Bataclan concert hall in France as Sting reopens the venue on the eve of the anniversary of the Paris terror attacks.

The former Police frontman is the first performer to take the stage in the iconic venue since gunmen opened fire, murdering 89 people there on November 13th last year.

The massacre was part of an organised terror attack claimed by the so-called Islamic State that left 130 people dead in the city.

Lego ends Daily Mail promotions after calls for companies to 'Stop Funding Hate'

Toy company Lego has been praised for ending its advertising relationship with right-wing newspaper The Daily Mail.

The decision comes after increased pressure from the public campaign Stop Funding Hate, which looks  to drop adverts from newspapers accused of promoting “hatred, discrimination and demonisation.”

Rape campaigners welcome plans for legislation defining sexual consent

Campaigners have welcome reports indicating a definition of sexual consent is set to be introduced into Irish law for the first time.

The Tánaiste and Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald has signalled the definition will be introduced in an amendment to the Sexual Offences Bill.

The move follows yesterday’s clarification from the Supreme Court on the issue of consent.


James McClean sends Ireland top as Boys in Green beat Austria in Vienna

James McClean was the hero as Ireland secured an excellent three points against group rivals Austria in the 2018 World Cup qualifier.

Not only was the 1-0 win an end to a decidedly poor record in Vienna but also means Martin O'Neill's side have collected 10 points from a possible 12 to go top of the qualifying group on the road to Russia in 2018.  

The first half was a cagey affair at the Ernst Happel Stadium with both sides mostly carving out half-chances rather than clear-cut opportunities.