Evening top 5: 'Unprecedented' flooding in Co Laois; former Bosnian Serb commander found guilty of genocide

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Heavy rain leads to 'unprecedented' flooding in Co Laois

At least 30 families have been evacuated from their homes in the Co Laois town of Mountmellick.

It comes after the Owenass River burst its banks earlier.

Cllr Padraig Fleming, Cathaoirleach of Laois County Council, said flooding has hit Mountmellick this evening in an "unprecedented way".

Former Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic sentenced to life in prison for genocide

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Former Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic has been found guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity by a court in The Hague.

A UN judge ruled that Mladic, dubbed the ‘Butcher of Bosnia, was responsible for persecution, extermination and murder during the Bosnian war.

He has been sentenced to life in prison.

Buncrana inquest hears driver was three times over drink driving limit

Post mortem results for the driver of the car involved in the Buncrana pier tragedy show he was three times over the drink driving limit, an inquest has heard.

However the pathologist who carried out the post mortem on Sean McGrotty couldn't say how he might have been impaired.

Mr McGrotty (49) was behind the wheel when his car entered the water at Buncrana pier in March 2016, in an incident that saw him, his two sons, their grandmother and her daughter to lose their lives.

Tánaiste insists it would have been 'improper' for her to have interfered during O'Higgins Commission

Frances Fitzgerald and Leo Varadkar. Photo:Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie

The Tánaiste says she has gotten fresh legal advice that shows her reaction to an email regarding Maurice McCabe was appropriate.

Frances Fitzgerald has given a statement to the Seanad this evening regarding her handling of the affair.

Opposition TDs and Senators have criticised her lack of action on foot of the email, which detailed a dispute between the Garda legal team and Sergeant McCabe during the O'Higgins Commission in May 2015.

Tillerson says violence in Myanmar 'constitutes ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya'

The US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said the situation in northern Myanmar - also known as Burma - constitutes an 'ethnic cleansing' against Rohingya Muslims.

Burmese police and army launched a violent crackdown in the northern Rakhine state following attacks by Rohingya insurgents on police posts in August.

It is believed that thousands of people in the state have been killed or tortured by security forces, while an estimated 620,000 refugees have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh.