Evening top 5: New details from Belfast rape trial; Keogh's Crisps deal; and most influential Irish Tweeters

The top stories this Wednesday evening

Reporting restrictions imposed during Belfast rape trial lifted

A judge has lifted a court order preventing the reporting of legal arguments heard in the absence of the jury during the Belfast rape trial.

Trial judge Patricia Smyth has decided that order should be lifted following a hearing.

Until reporting restrictions were lifted, the public would not have known that additional blood staining on Paddy Jackson's bed sheets was airbrushed from the photo shown to the jurors.

The judge heard it belonged to 'a non-related person' and his barrister successfully argued it was capable of causing 'real prejudice'.

It has been exactly two weeks since Ireland and Ulster rugby players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding were acquitted of raping a woman in June 2016.

Mark Zuckerberg says his own Facebook data was sold to Cambridge Analytica

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg has revealed his personal data was among that improperly acquired by election consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica.

He made the admission during the second day of his questioning in US Congress.

Congresswoman Anna Eshoo asked if his own data had been "included in the data sold to the malicious third parties". Mr Zuckerberg delayed before replying: "Yes."

Keogh's Crisps flying high with Emirates deal

Irish crisp-maker Keogh's has secured a major contract with airline Emirates.

It will see an estimated one million bags being served onboard the Dubai-based carrier annually.

The Irish brand will be available to First Class passengers only, and was selected by the Emirates Group following a blind tasting of 15 different brands.

Israel attempted to prevent Dublin's Lord Mayor from entering the country

Attempts by Israeli authorities to stop Dublin Lord Mayor Mícheál Mac Donncha from entering the territory failed, due to an apparent typo in his name.

Israeli daily paper Haaretz said authorities barred him from entering while he was already in the West Bank city of Ramallah, having flown in through Tel Aviv.

It said he was barred "in light of his ties to movements boycotting Israel."

Most influential Irish journalists on Twitter revealed

The most influential Irish Twitter accounts have been revealed.

The Murray Tweet Index examines the most influential journalists on the social media site.

It shows that the leading 100 Irish journalists attract some three million followers.