Evening top 5: Manhunt underway for New Year party massacre gunman in Turkey; and 72-year old woman stabbed in Dublin

The top stories on Newstalk.com this evening

President Michael D Higgins has conveyed his sympathy and solidarity to the Turkish ambassador on behalf of the Irish people, following last night's shootings in Istanbul.

39 people died and 70 others were injured when a gunman opened fire at a New Year's Eve party in a nightclub.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan says he unreservedly condemns the shootings which is the third attack in Turkey in less than a month.

The country's Transport Minister Binali Yildirim, said his government won't surrender.


Gardai in Dublin are appealing for witnesses after a 72 year-old woman was stabbed in the chest in Ballyfermot.

The woman remains in a critical condition at St James' Hospital after being attacked when she opened the door of her house on Oranmore Road at around 9.30am.

Gardai said she was stabbed several times.

There's no known motive for the attack, no arrests have been made, and investigations are continuing.


The Catholic Archbishop of Dublin has called for an end to gangland and drug-related violence.

In his New Year's Day address, Diarmuid Martin spoke about the "dangerous culture of violence in Ireland".

In a tough and busy year for An Garda Siochana, gangland violence in Dublin dominated, with the Hutch/Kinahan feud dominating headlines throughout 2016.


The bodies of two men and a woman have been found at the bottom of Langdon Cliffs in Dover, Kent Police.

Officers found the body of a male at the base of the cliffs after being contacted about a man's welfare in the area on Sunday afternoon.

The Coastguard then discovered the bodies of another man and a woman. Officers do not think their deaths are related to the death of the first man.


The government will start 2017 by discussing possible changes to employment law - including a revision to the retirement age.

The Sunday Independent reports that the government is considering allowing public and private workers continuing beyond the age of 65, if they choose to. Currently only private sector staff are able to work beyond 65.

Proposals could also see employees given the option of taking early retirement on a reduced pension.

The measures are aimed at reducing age discrimination in the workforce and tackling the growing cost of State pensions.