Evening top 5: Plans to remove 'baptism barrier' revealed; Pat Hickey insists he "will be proven innocent"

The top stories this Wednesday evening...

Bruton reveals plan to remove 'baptism barrier' for Catholic schools

The Education Minister has announced plans which would effectively bar Catholic schools from discriminating against non-Catholic pupils.

Richard Bruton says he wants to ease the religious bar on school admissions, so that it can only be implemented if the school's ethos is at stake.

EXCLUSIVE: Pat Hickey insists he 'will be proven innocent of all charges' in the Brazilian courts

Pat Hickey, the former president of the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI), has said he was "absolutely humiliated" when he was arrested in Brazil.

Mr Hickey was arrested last August by Brazilian police as part of an investigation into alleged ticket touting.

Calls for governments to "inject momentum" into Stormont talks as deadline looms

Sinn Féin has called on the British and Irish governments to 'inject momentum' into talks to form a new power-sharing executive in the North.

The major parties have until tomorrow afternoon to elect ministers and save the institutions.

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau to visit Ireland next week

File photo of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau | Image: PA Wire/PA Images

The Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is coming to Ireland next week.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has told the Dáil Mr Trudeau will arrive next Tuesday with his family. During the two-day visit, he is expected to meet both the Taoiseach and President Michael D Higgins.

Faecal bacteria found in ice at several coffee chains

An investigation has found ice from three coffee chains contained bacteria from faeces.

A BBC Watchdog probe says samples of iced drinks from Costa Coffee, Starbucks and Caffe Nero in the UK contained "varying levels" of the bacteria.