The top stories this Thursday evening...
Ireland is to repay the remainder of its bailout loans early to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Denmark and Sweden.
Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe says he spoke to IMF chief Christine Lagarde on Thursday morning, who approved the deal.
Overall this will see Ireland repay a total of around €5.5bn.
More than 8,000 people were homeless in July, according to new figures.
The data from the Housing Department includes the number of people using state-funded emergency accommodation.
It shows 8,160 people, including 2,973 children, were homeless in July of this year.
The figures come ahead of the Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy's planned emergency summit on housing tomorrow.
The European Commission says it is the responsibility of the UK to protect the Irish border.
Its Brexit Task Force has issued a Guiding Principles paper on Ireland in the context of Brexit negotiations.
The paper adds that the Good Friday Agreement needs to protected "in all its parts" - including the Common Travel Area and avoiding a hard border.
Hundreds of thousands of people are being evacuated from their homes in the Caribbean and the US as Hurricane Irma continues to sweep its way towards Florida.
The killer storm has already caused devastating damage to Barbuda, St Martin and the British Virgin Islands, and at least ten people are reported to have died.
Aung San Suu Kyi, the de facto leader of Myanmar, has said her government is 'trying its best' to protect citizens amid mounting violence in the country.
The Noble Peace Prize winner has faced international criticism for her handling of the humanitarian crisis facing Rohingya Muslims in the country's Rakhine state.