Evening top 5: Taoiseach meets Theresa; Paris terror attack; Brexit talks begin

The top stories this Monday evening...

The Taoiseach's denied the country is on the brink of a general election, in the row over judicial appointments.

Leo Varadkar says there's no reason to think the government would collapse, despite opposition anger at how Maire Whelan was nominated to the Court of Appeal.

Fianna Fáil had claimed the appointment was a breach of the 'no surprises' rule in its government deal with Fine Gael.


It's reported a man who tried to carry out a terrorist attack in Paris today was on a terror watch list.

France's interior minister says the driver who rammed a car carrying explosives into a police convoy is now dead.

Bomb squad officers have sealed off the scene on the Champs-Elysees


The man suspected of driving a van into a crowd of worshippers near a mosque in north London is understood to be 47-year-old Darren Osborne from Cardiff.

People were hit in Finsbury Park as they left Ramadan prayers around midnight.

A man died and 10 other people were injured.


The EU and the UK have held their first day of Brexit talks.

Following their meeting, both sides said Irish issues like the border and the Good Friday Agreement took up much of their time.

They also agreed a schedule for further talks in the months ahead.


A rape survivor has waived her right to anonymity to expose her rapist and urge other survivors to come forward.

Dominique Meehan spoke to the media outside court today after Keith Hearne from Tallaght in Dublin was jailed for twelve years.

The 28-year-old admitted raping Ms. Meehan after locking her in a meeting room at a gaming convention in July 2014.

Ms. Meehan said she felt it was important for Hearne's identity to be revealed: