Evening top 5: Staff shortages within Defence forces; new Bank Of Ireland text scam

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It has emerged the Air Corps was initially asked to provide Top Cover for the mission missing helicopter Rescue 116 was sent on.

Top Cover is when an aircraft provides safety and communication support to another.

The Defence Forces have confirmed to Newstalk Breakfast they could not provide an aircraft outside of normal hours, due to a loss of experienced personnel.


Bank of Ireland customers are at risk of having their account details compromised, as a new wave of phishing hits phones.

According to the Irish Independent, the hoax text informs the recipient that their 365 online banking account has been locked for security reasons.

They are then asked to follow a link and input personal data to confirm their account details.

Non-Bank of Ireland customers are apparently also at risk, with the bank confirming that they are aware of the hoax and stating that "a number of banks including Bank of Ireland have been targeted with this kind of scam".


At least one student armed with several weapons has attacked a high school in the French town of Grasse.

The government has sent a nationwide terrorist attack warning to smartphones, and police urged local residents to stay indoors.

France's interior ministry says at least three people were hurt after the shooting at the Alexis de Tocqueville high school.

Police sources say a 17-year-old student has been arrested, and the suspect was carrying a rifle, two handguns and two grenades.


Last week WikiLeaks revealed to the world just what capabilities the CIA has at its fingertips to covertly monitor suspects.

It showed that the intelligence agency had a cache of highly sophisticated hacking tools which operatives could use to hack everything from your iPhone, Android smartphones, Windows PC and even your smart television.

Does the Irish government have a similarly deep treasure trove of hacking tools available to it in order to monitor its own citizens or people overseas who may pose a potential threat to national security?


Leith has been linked to the judging role - originally assumed by Mary Berry at the BBC - previously, with Toksvig and Fielding acting as the series presenters.

Addressing his new job, the ‘Mighty Boosh’ comedian says: “’GBBO’ is one of my favourite shows.

“I’ve always loved brightly coloured cakes and Sandi Toksvig so this is a dream come true for me! It’s basically the double.”