Evening top 5: Hickey email claims, school attendance warnings and falling unemployment

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Opposition parties have called on Minister for Sport Shane Ross to address the limitations of a government inquiry into the Olympics ticketing scandal.

Mr Ross had given opposition parties until this evening to offer suggestions on the probe’s terms of reference.

However, the non-statutory nature of the investigation means it will not be able to compel witnesses to provide evidence.


Meanwhile, at a press conference in Rio, police have alleged that the OCI helped to channel tickets for the 2016 Games to sports company THG.

Brazilian authorities claimed to have seen emails from as far back as 2010 between OCI chief Pat Hickey and THG's owner, Marcus Evans, in which the pair discussed the sale of Olympic tickets.

They alleged that the most recent exchange between the men was on August 3rd, just two days before the Olympics kicked off. 


Some 516 school attendance notices were sent to parents across the country last year, according to a new report.

The warnings are issued by Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, in cases where children are regularly absent from school. Parents who fail to comply with official notices may be prosecuted and face jail. 

Figures from the agency show 154 court summonses were issued to parents in respect of 102 children in 2015. 


The number of people in work has passed the two million mark the first time since the late 2008.

According to new CSO figures, there was an annual increase in employment of 2.9% or 56,200 in the year to the second quarter of 2016, bringing total employment to 2,014,900.  

On average, around 1,000 jobs have been added every week since the beginning of the year.


UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's team has insisted that he could not find an unreserved seat when he got on a train amid a row with Virgin Trains.

The rail company took issue with Mr Corbyn after he complained in a video he had to sit on the floor because of "completely ram-packed" carriages on a service between London and Newcastle.

Billionaire Richard Branson, who co-owns Virgin Trains, weighed in on the dispute by sharing CCTV images appearing to show the Labour leader walking past empty train seats before he was filmed for a campaign video.