Evening top 5: Man killed in west Dublin; welfare fraud; and Aleppo is retaken

The top stories this Thursday night

Gardaí appeal for information after man shot dead in west Dublin

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses after a fatal shooting in west Dublin.

The incident happened in the driveway of a house at St Ronan's Drive in Clondalkin on Thursday at around 5.10pm.

Initial investigations show a lone male entered the driveway of a house and fired a number of shots - fatally injuring the driver of a car.

More than €460m saved from combating welfare fraud, Government says

The Government says it has saved €468m this year by combating welfare fraud.

The Department of Social Protection says 889,285 'control related reviews' were conducted in the year to end November, which yielded the savings.

Investigations were conducted by social welfare staff, through direct enquiries, and face-to-face interviews with customers.

Aleppo 'fully retaken' by Syrian government forces

The last convoy of rebel fighters and civilians has left eastern Aleppo as Syrian government forces announce they have fully retaken the city.

Tens of thousands of people have been evacuated this month following a ceasefire after heavy bombardment by Syrian and Russian jets.

The final group of rebels and their families holed up in a small enclave in Aleppo have now left, and the Syrian army said it had brought "security and safety" back to the northern city.

Eddie Jones says he's ready to apologise to Johnny Sexton

Eddie Jones has said that he's ready to apologise to Johnny Sexton for the war of words he started in the media with the Irish international earlier this year.

Speaking to the media back in March as Ireland prepared to take on England in the Six Nations, Jones turned his attention to the issue of Sexton's health, noting that the out-half had suffered a recent head injury.

Belfast City Airport sold for undisclosed sum to investment group

Belfast City Airport has been sold for an undisclosed sum, as part of a portfolio of assets.

3i Group plc is to acquire the portfolio from the EISER Global Infrastructure Fund.

The airport is the closest to the centre of Belfast and served 2.7 million passengers in 2015.