Evening top 5: Tribunal rejects Keith Harrison allegations; free travel for children; and doggy dining

The top stories this Thursday night

Disclosures Tribunal rejects allegations made by Garda Keith Harrison and his partner

The Disclosures Tribunal has rejected allegations made by Garda Keith Harrison and his partner Marisa Simms.

The tribunal, chaired by Mr Justice Peter Charleton, has published its second interim report.

It said "very serious allegations" were raised by the couple.

Simon Coveney named as new Tánaiste

Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney has been named as the new Tánaiste.

Leo Varadkar made the announcement in the Dáil this afternoon.

It follows Tuesday's resignation of Frances Fitzgerald as Tánaiste and Business Minister.

Minister Coveney is the Foreign Affairs Minister, and was Mr Varadkar's opponent for the Fine Gael leadership earlier this year.

Free travel for children under-five begins Friday

A new scheme which grants free public transport to children under five-years-old is coming into force.

From Friday December 1st, all under-fives travelling on subsidised public transport services becomes free.

As part of its fares determination, the National Transport Authority (NTA) announced that all under-fives get to travel free on public transport - including Bus Éireann, Iarnród Éireann, Luas, DART and Dublin Bus

US supermarket removes 'Rope. Tree. Journalist' t-shirt from sale

A supermarket in the US has removed a t-shirt from sale following an outcry from members of the press.

The t-shirt featured the words 'Rope. Tree. Journalist. SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED' and was offered for sale by Walmart.

The t-shirt was for sale on Walmart's website by a third-party seller, Teespring.com.

It's doggy date night as ban on pets in restaurants is lifted

Animal lovers can now dine out with their dog after a rule banning them from restaurants was lifted.

The law banning cats and dogs in restaurants and cafés was introduced in the 1950s - but has now been repealed.

The Food Safety of Ireland (FSAI) has confirmed the move - however, the law remains in place where food is being prepared or stored.