Evening top 5: Strike moves closer at Irish Rail; action against Ryanair; and Twitter's new limit

The top stories this Wednesday night

Irish Rail pay talks break down without agreement

Pay talks between Irish Rail and the National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU) have broken down without a deal.

Discussions had been ongoing at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) in Dublin.

NBRU members say they are "furious" at Irish Rail's "contemptuous attitude towards its staff" in refusing to offer a 'no strings attached' pay rise after a decade long pay freeze.

UK aviation authority takes "enforcement action" over Ryanair cancellations

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) in Britain says it has launched enforcement action against Ryanair in relation to its latest round of flight cancellations.

Ryanair announced earlier it is extending its flight cancellation plan until mid-March next year.

The cancelled flights between November and March could affect up to 400,000 passengers.

Campaign calls for ban on website advertising escort services

The Government is being urged to ban a website that facilitates the advertising of prostitution services - and invites customers to review the women they hire.

Escort Ireland contains a host of reviews from men rating women’s ‘physical appearance,’ ‘overall experience’ and ‘value for money.’

Customers are invited to review escorts on a scale of one to five – with graphic descriptions of their sexual encounters.

US and Russia sign agreement for moon base

The space agencies of the United States and Russia have signed a joint statement on researching and exploring deep space.

The agreement between NASA and Roscosmos includes plans for exploration in the vicinity of the moon - known as the Deep Space Gateway concept.

This would involve building a crew tended 'spaceport' in lunar orbit that NASA says would serve as "a gateway to deep space and the lunar surface."

Increased Twitter character limit facing online backlash

Twitter has doubled the character limit for tweets - and people aren't happy about it.

This trial allows a small percentage of users to tweet 280 characters instead of the usual 140.

The company believes the current limit means some users find it hard to express themselves.