Evening top 5: Two drown in Carrick-on-Shannon; School bus drivers may join dispute; Victims recovered from Snowdonia crash site

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Two people drown in River Shannon

A man and a woman have drowned in Carrick-on-Shannon in Co Leitrim.

Searches had been ongoing since lunchtime when it was reported that two people had entered the water.

Two bodies were recovered from the River Shannon this afternoon.

The man was an Irish national in his late 30s while gardaí believe the woman - also in her 30s - was from England.

School bus drivers may join Bus Éireann dispute

School children could be next to face disruption as a result of the ongoing dispute at Bus Éireann after SIPTU announced that school bus drivers will be balloted for industrial action.

SIPTU said the school drivers are to be balloted, “due to the threat to their jobs resulting from the wider crisis in the company.”

The union’s sector organiser Willie Noone said the committee had decided to commence the ballot, “in sympathy and support of their colleagues in Bus Éireann.”

All five victims recovered from helicopter wreckage in Snowdonia

Rescue operators have recovered all five bodies from the wreckage of the helicopter that went down in the Welsh mountains en route to Dublin on Wednesday.

North Wales Police have officially released details of all five victims this afternoon following consultation with the family.

They have been named as Kevin and Ruth Burke aged 56 and 49, Donald and Sharon Burke aged 55 and 48 respectively and 51 year old Barry Burke.

NBRU condemns "disgraceful" unofficial strike action

The general secretary of one of the main unions representing Bus Éireann workers has condemned this morning’s “wildcat” strike action.

Commuters were left stranded today after unofficial secondary pickets were put in place at a number of bus and rail depots.

Workers at Dublin Bus and Irish Rail were unable to go to work without passing the unofficial pickets – resulting in the cancellation of all services until this afternoon.



Theresa May receives Scotland's independence letter

The British Prime Minister has confirmed receipt of a letter from the Scottish First Minister formally requesting a new independence referendum.

In the letter, Nicola Sturgeon insisted that there is “no rational reason” for Downing Street to block the vote.

The Scottish Parliament voted in favour of a new referendum on Tuesday, however Westminster must give its approval before the poll can be held.

The Scottish National Party (SNP) has insisted the new referendum is justified due to the significant implications of the UKs planned exit from the European Union.