Evening top 5: Two dead after Ballymun shooting; emergency funding announced for Sierra Leone

The top stories this Wednesday evening...

Ireland announces emergency funding for Sierra Leone following deadly mudslides

The Irish Government has announced emergency funding for Sierra Leone following deadly mudslides earlier this week.

While numbers of casualties have not been confirmed, at least 3,000 people are believed to have lost their homes and are in immediate need of assistance and shelter.

Man and woman dead following shooting in Ballymun

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Gardaí say one of the victims of this afternoon's shooting in Dublin is a mother of six.

The woman, aged in her 40s, and a man, aged in his 30s, were shot dead at Balbutcher Drive in Ballymun earlier.

A child was in the house at the time and was slightly injured.

Gardaí uncover gun in Trevor Deely search

Gardaí have reportedly found a gun during their excavation in Chapelizod as part of the Trevor Deely cold case.

Mr Deely has been missing for nearly 17 years.

Gardaí have designated the Chapelizod site as a crime scene rather than a search area – after receiving new information indicating that Trevor may be buried there.

Bush presidents jointly condemn 'racial bigotry and anti-Semitism'

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Former US presidents George HW Bush and George W Bush have issued a rare joint statement condemning "racial bigotry, anti-Semitism, and hatred in all forms".

The statement comes amid the continued fallout from the violence that broke out at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend.

Meanwhile, it was confirmed this afternoon that Donald Trump's two main CEO councils will be disbanded, after a number of prominent members opted to resign in response to the US president's recent remarks on the events in Charlottesville.

Brown Thomas to open its Christmas shop this week

Department store Brown Thomas has announced its Christmas shop is being opened on Thursday.

The Christmas Shop will be based at its stores in Dublin, Cork and Limerick.

The seasonal shops showcase decorations, Christmas trees and gift ideas across a variety of festive themes.