Evening top 5: Eight dead after 'act of terror' in New York; no Irish Rail services tomorrow due to strike

The top stories this Tuesday evening

Irish Rail strike: Transport Minister calls for 'realistic' efforts to address issues

The Transport Minister Shane Ross has called on Irish Rail and unions to take part in 'constructive and realistic' negotiations.

It comes ahead of the first day of industrial action by union members at the transport company, with further stoppages scheduled for November 7th, 14th and 23rd & December 8th.

All Intercity, DART and Commuter services have been cancelled tomorrow, with Iarnród Éireann saying around 150,000 passengers are due to be impacted.

At least eight people dead after truck driven down path in New York

Authorities respond near a damaged school bus Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, in New York. Picture by: Bebeto Matthews/AP/Press Association Images

At least eight people have died and more than a dozen others have been injured after a pick-up truck drove down a path & cycle lane in New York. 

Authorities say they are treating the incident as an 'act of terror'.

It happened a few blocks from the 9/11 memorial site in Lower Manhattan

Woman's body discovered at Galway hotel

Investigations are underway after a woman's body was found at a hotel in Galway.

Gardaí at Salthill were alerted on Monday afternoon.

The discovery was made in a bedroom at the Connemara Lake Hotel at around 11.30am.

Australian politician apologises after warning about 'anybody with an Irish accent'

Marlene Kairouz. Image via Facebook

An Australian politician has apologised after warning people to turn away 'anybody with an Irish accent' who calls to their door.

Victoria's consumer affairs minister Marlene Kairouz was speaking while issuing a warning against scammers.

A news report from Nine News Melbourne details cases of scammers claiming they will carry out various oddjobs or maintenance work for cash, but making off with the money instead.

Catalan cabinet summoned to appear at Spanish high court

Spain has summoned the entire disputed Catalan cabinet, including their leader, to appear in court on Thursday.

A high court judge has said the cabinet, including President Carles Puigdemont, must be questioned as part of an investigation into rebellion.

Catalonia's ousted president and other members of the cabinet have travelled to Belgium for "freedom and safety" after he was sacked.