Evening top 5: Tributes to Coast Guard member Caitriona Lucas; Irish Water advice; and Bake Off moves

The top stories this Monday evening

Tributes paid to Coast Guard member Caitriona Lucas

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has led tributes to Caitriona Lucas, a member of the Irish Coast Guard who died during an operation off the Clare coast.

The Kilkee RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) was involved in an on-going search operation for a missing man at the time.

The vessel capsized in rough conditions earlier this afternoon and three Coast Guard personnel entered the water.

The two women were recovered from the water and taken to hospital, where Ms Lucas was pronounced dead.

Taoiseach on John Halligan threat to quit: Government will not be 'held to ransom'

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has insisted that Independent Alliance minister John Halligan will not secure the extra cardiac services he has requested for his local hospital.

In an interview this weekend, the Waterford TD threatened to "bring all hell down" on his cabinet colleagues if his demand for a second catheterisation lab was not met. It came days after he said he was prepared to resign over the matter.

Legal advice confirms water charges can be scrapped, says MEP

Dublin Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan says legal advice she has has received confirms Irish Water charges can be scrapped.

This claim contradicts the view of the European Commission, which states that the charges cannot be removed.

Speaking from Leinster House, Ms Boylan said: "The legal opinion that I have received has confirmed what we have been saying all along, that the abolition of water charges would not contravene the water framework directive providing that Ireland can meet the objectives of the directive which is about the conservation and protection water.

"People might think I'm crazy": Andy Lee explains why he wants to fight Gennady Golovkin

Andy Lee is keen to back into the ring and he has designs on fighting world champion Gennady Golovkin at some point.

Golovkin retained his Middleweight WBC title over five rounds against Kell Brook over the weekend, resulting in a broken eye socket for Brook. The contender jumped two weight divisions for the fight and put on a stone in weight.

Great British Bake Off gets cooked, as BBC loses the rights

The BBC has confirmed the current series of 'The Great British Bake Off' will be the last seen on the corporation.

It says it has lost the contract to broadcast the show to Channel 4.

Love Productions said negotiations with the BBC had been taking place for a year, with a last-ditch meeting on Monday.

In a statement, the BBC says: "We made a very strong offer to keep the show but we are a considerable distance apart on the money.