Evening top 5: Varadkar insists election can still be avoided; at least 235 killed in Egypt mosque attack

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At least 235 dead and dozens injured in Egypt terror attack

At least 235 people have been killed and dozens more injured after a suspected Islamic State bomb and gun attack on a mosque in Egypt.

The Egyptian Government has declared three days of mourning following the attack on al-Rawdah mosque, which has injured at least 130 people.

Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney offered the sympathies of the Irish people to those injured and the families of those killed, saying he 'utterly condemns this heinous attack on people engaged in Friday prayers'.

Taoiseach says there is 'still an opportunity' to avoid a general election

Leo Varadkar (right) and Frances Fitzgerald (left). Photo:Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie

The Taoiseach has said there is still an opportunity to avoid a general election.

It comes after Fianna Fáil tabled a motion of no confidence in the Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald. 

The motion will be debated in the Dáil next Tuesday. If it is passed, the party will be in breach of the confidence and supply agreement that is propping up the minority-led Fine Gael government - triggering a general election.

Three men jailed for nearly 50 years over aggravated burglaries in Limerick

Three men have been sentenced to nearly 50 years for violent aggravated burglaries at two rural homes in Co Limerick five years ago.

53-year-old Patrick Roche from Kilcronan Close, Clondalkin in Dublin, and his son 24-year-old Philip Roche, were jailed for 17 years and 15 years respectively.

Patrick Roche's son-in-law, 37-year-old Alan Freeman from Pearse Park, Tipperary Park was jailed for 14 years.

Oscar Pistorius has "shockingly lenient" murder sentenced increased

File photo | Oscar Pistorius arrives at the High Court in Pretoria, South Africa, 06-07-2016. Image: Shiraaz Mohamed/AP/Press Association Images

Oscar Pistorius has seen his jail sentence for murder more than doubled.

The South African athlete was serving a six year term for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013.

However, the country's Supreme Court of Appeal has now increased that sentence after the state argued that his original sentence of six years was "shockingly lenient."

Police operation at Oxford Circus station in London is stood down

A police operation in the Oxford Street area of London has been stood down.

Police were called just after 4.30pm with numerous reports of shots fired in a number of locations on Oxford Street and at Oxford Circus underground station.

They later said "no causalities, evidence of any shots fired or any suspects" were found by officers.