Evening top 5: Pope to visit Ireland; Nicola Sturgeon meets President Higgins; and over 90% support legalising cannabis for medicinal purposes

The top stories on Newstalk.com this evening

The Pope is to visit Ireland in 2018.

The Taoiseach met Pope Francis in the Vatican today, where he confirmed he would visit in August to coincide the church's World Meeting of Families.

Mr Kenny says the Pope is "an important voice for the young, the poor and disadvantaged".

It has been five years since Mr Kenny made a speech in the Dáil which was highly critical of the church's handling of the clerical sex abuse crisis.

It is unclear as of yet if he will visit Northern Ireland as well.


Scotland's First Minister says Brexit is "an unprecedented challenge", and that all options should be on the table to minimise its harm.

Nicola Sturgeon spoke after a meeting with the foreign affairs minister Charlie Flanagan in Dublin this evening.

It's the first of a two-day visit by Ms. Sturgeon to Dublin, which will see her address the Seanad tomorrow.

She says she'll look at any option if it means getting a better deal for Scotland when Brexit talks begin.

Ms Sturgeon also spoke at Trinity College, where she received an honourary award.


Over 90% of Irish would support the legalisation of cannabis if the drug was recommended for medicinal use by a doctor.

The new survey, conducted by Red C and commissioned by non-profit Help To Harm, found that 92% of people would support the drug's legalisation for medicinal use.

Counties in Munster showed the strongest figure of support.


A 47-year-old man has been jailed for two and a half years for sexually assaulting his stepdaughter.

George Crombie of Bloomfield Avenue on South Circular Road in Dublin 8 admitted eight counts of abuse between February 2004 and December 2006.

Laura Johnston decided to waive her right to anonymity so Crombie could be named.

In an emotional victim impact statement, which she read out in front of him last week, she outlined how he had betrayed her trust and love in him.


Eight people have been hospitalised in Ohio following a knife and car attack at a university.

A student at Ohio State University is believed to have deliberately driven a car in to their victims, before getting out and attacking them with a butcher's knife.

The suspect was found shot dead at the scene. Authorities believe the attack was planned.