Evening top 5: Up to 40 feared dead in California fire; ASTI to reject pay proposals; and investigations continue into fatal Lucan shooting

The top stories on Newstalk.com this evening

Up to 40 people are feared dead following a fire at a warehouse party in California.

Firefighters said there had been about 50 people inside the building in Oakland's Fruitvale district.

Crews did not believe smoke detectors were activated during the blaze and there was no sprinkler system in the building, said fire chief Teresa Deloach-Reed.

She said most of the people who died were found on the second floor.

“This is pretty tragic for us,” Deloach-Reed said. “It is hitting this community pretty hard. I don’t even want to talk about how the families and friends are feeling. We have a community that’s hurting.”


The Association of Secondary School teachers in Ireland (ASTI) ios recommending that its members reject new pay proposals.

The union's Central Executive Council took the decision at a meeting today.

It's recommending that members reject the proposals - which include a provision to opt-out of supervision and substitution duties and a gradual pay increase for newly qualified teachers.

The union will continue to defer its industrial action pending the outcome of the ballot, which will take place in January 2017.


National Garda units have been brought in to investigate the latest gangland shooting in Dublin.

Mark Desmond was shot dead in Griffeen Valley Park in Lucan last night. His body was discovered by a member of the public.

Mr Desmond who was originally from Ballyfermot, was known to Gardai and had a number of previous convictions.

Shortly after the shooting, investigating officers discovered a firearm near a blue Mazda car which had been burnt out on Hayden's Lane.


Gerry Adams says he will defend himself against remarks the Taoiseach and Fianna Fail leader made about him.

Enda Kenny and Micheal Martin called on Mr Adams to explain how he came to have names connected to the shooting of prison officer Brian Stack.

The Sinn Fein leader has reiterated that Mr Stack's son Austin gave him the names and that he gathered information about the murder at the request of the Stack family in 2013.

However, Austin Stack denies he ever gave the names to Mr Adams.


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