Evening top 5: Trump fires FBI director; Galway fire 'escalates' and Halawa trial moving forward

The top stories this Tuesday night

Donald Trump fires FBI director James Comey

US President Donald Trump has fired the FBI director James Comey, the White House has said.

He was fired on the recommendation of US Attorney-General Jeff Sessions.

In a letter to Mr Comey, the president said he was "not able to effectively lead" the FBI and new leadership was needed to restore trust.

Man dies following weekend assault outside Dublin nightclub

A 34-year-old man who was seriously injured outside a Dublin nightclub at the weekend has died in hospital.

The incident happened in the Airside area of Swords in the early hours of Sunday morning.

His body will be removed to Dublin City Mortuary for a post-mortem examination.

Halawa trial "moving forward" after shortest adjournment so far

Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan says the trial of Irish man Ibrahim Halawa has been further postponed in Egypt.

A hearing took place earlier, where witness testimony was heard.

The presiding judge also said he intends to make use of new legal provisions involving testimony, which will help with the acceleration of the trial process.

South Africa back in the race to host 2023 World Cup

South Africa has re-entered the race to host the Rugby World Cup in 2023.

The South African government has lifted a ban on bidding for international rugby events after improvements in racial diversity in the sport.

Ireland and France are also vying to host the tournament with World Rugby set to make their final decision later this year.

Donohoe set to invite all parties to talks on successor to Lansdowne Road

The Minister for Public Expenditure has announced plans to invite public service unions to talks on an extension to the Lansdowne Road public service pay agreement.

Citing Brexit, the minister said the country is facing "exceptional challenges" when it comes to funding the public service.

The minister was speaking following the publication of a report into pay-scales by the Public Service Pay Commission.