Evening top 5: North Dublin fire; Clare assault; and Irish 'Nanny State'

The top stories this Wednesday night...

Large blaze in north Dublin under control

Dozens of apartments have been evacuated after a major fire at a complex in north Dublin.

A spokesperson for Dublin Fire Brigade says the blaze at Verdemont apartments is now under control.

It is understood the fire started at about 5.30pm Wednesday evening off Snugborough Road in Blanchardstown.

Body of 'Disappeared' Seamus Ruddy identified in France

Human remains recently recovered in a French forest near Rouen are those of one of the 'Disappeared' Seamus Ruddy.

The remains were discovered by the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims' Remains (ICLVR).

Mr Ruddy was a 33-year-old English teacher from Newry who lived in Paris when he disappeared in May 1985.

Schoolboy airlifted to hospital after alleged Clare assault

A Clare schoolboy has been airlifted to hospital, after he was allegedly assaulted on his lunchbreak on Wednesday afternoon.

Gardaí have confirmed that a 13-year-old boy in Ennistymon suffered a head injury when he was attacked by two students in the Monastery Lane area.

They are thought to be from a different school in the town.

Swim Ireland continue recruitment as "world class" performance programme takes shape

Jon Rudd's appointment as Swim Ireland's new National Performance Director (NPD) last year signalled the organisation's intention of being among the best in the world.

Only a small team of swimmers - including one diver - travelled to Rio last year for the Olympic Games, but it hasn't swayed Swim Ireland's ambition.

This week, another two coaches have been added to the performance staff and will begin training youth and senior teams in Abbottstown.

Ireland one of Europe's most restrictive "Nanny States"

A new report has placed Ireland close to the top of the European ‘Nanny State Index’ with some of the most restrictive public health regulations on the continent.

The index published by the European Policy Information Centre has placed Ireland third out of 28 EU member states – behind the UK and Finland – as the most restrictive when it comes to regulating alcohol, soft drinks, food, e-cigarettes and tobacco.