Evening top 5: Investigation after woman's body found in Limerick; EU leaders give go-ahead to next phase of Brexit talks

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Investigation launched after woman found dead in Limerick

Gardaí in Limerick have launched an investigation after a woman was found dead in the city.

The body of the deceased, named locally as Rose Hanrahan, was discovered at a house at New Road in Thomondgate at around 1.30pm today.

The 78-year old's death is being treated as suspicious, and gardaí have sealed off the scene.

Ryanair to recognise employee trade unions in major policy U-Turn

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In a major reversal of long-standing policy, Ryanair has agreed to recognise pilot trade unions.

The airline announced the decision this morning as it attempts to head off the threat of strike action in Ireland, Italy and Portugal.

While the Italian strike has been cancelled, it appears the Irish and Portuguese action could yet go ahead - with unions calling for a meeting with Ryanair management before next Wednesday's planned action.

EU leaders give go-ahead to Phase II of Brexit talks

European Union leaders have agreed to move on to the second phase of Brexit talks.

In a tweet, European Council President Donald Tusk offered his 'congratulations' to British Prime Minister Theresa May.

 European leaders say "sufficient progress" has been made on the initial divorce issues - the Irish border, Britain's exit bill and citizens' rights.

Alcohol bill passes through all stages in Seanad

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Health campaigners have welcomed the passage of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill through all stages in the Seanad.

The legislation restricts the sale and marketing of alcoholic drinks.

Minister for Health Simon Harris says he believes the legislation will improve lives, and hopes it will be passed by TDs and signed into law "as quickly as possible".

Dutch police shoot 'man with knife' at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport

Dutch police say they have shot a man wielding a knife at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport.

A tweet from Dutch military police read: "Man at Schiphol shot at by the military police, after he made threats with a knife. Situation safe."

The Schiphol Plaza dining & shopping area had been evacuated, but officials later confirmed that only a small area remained closed after the incident: