Evening top 5: Varadkar calls emergency FG meeting amid Tánaiste controversy; Buncrana inquest returns verdict of death by misadventure

Thursday's top stories on Newstalk.com...

Verdicts of death by misadventure returned for all five Buncrana victims

The deaths of all five people who drowned in the Buncrana pier tragedy have been ruled as death by misadventure.

A two-day inquest into the deaths made the ruling, which differs from death by accident in that some element of risk was introduced.

The coroner involved said that describing the tragedy as terrible and devastating for the family didn't even begin to describe it.

Fianna Fáil says it does not have confidence in Tánaiste

Frances Fitzgerald and Leo Varadkar. Image: RollingNews.ie

The Fine Gael parliamentary party is meeting at Leinster House tonight, amid speculation we could be on the verge of a general election.

Fine Gael ministers say they're standing by the Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald, following no confidence motions tabled by Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil.

The former Justice Minister has been under mounting pressure to explain her handling of an email detailing a Garda strategy to smear the whistleblower Sergeant Maurice McCabe.

Member of House of Lords criticised after referring to Leo Varadkar as 'the Indian'

A member of the House of Lord has been criticised for describing the Taoiseach as "the Indian".

John Taylor - now Lord Kilclooney, and a former Ulster Unionist Party MP - made the comment in a tweet about Simon Coveney.

He claimed the Foreign Affairs Minister was "stirring things up" in relation to Brexit, and that he was "clearly hoping to undermine the Indian".

Charity sets up 'mock' emergency accommodation unit in Dublin city

Members of the public walk past the installation on Dublin's South King Street | Image: Nicole Gernon

An emergency accommodation unit has been installed on South King Street in Dublin to highlight the conditions homeless children have to deal with.

It comes after figures released yesterday showed that nearly 3,200 children are living in these units.

The charity Inner City Helping Homeless says many people are not aware of what the rooms actually look like and the difficulties faced by families.

Emergency funding announced for small businesses affected by flooding in Laois

An emergency assistance scheme has been announced for small businesses & community organisations impacted by flooding this week.

It comes as a massive clean-up operation is underway in Mountmellick in Co Laois following extensive flooding yesterday

Homes and businesses in the town have been badly affected after three rivers burst their banks.