Evening top 5: Varadkar on housing; Rail strike off; and John Lewis Christmas ad

The top stories this Friday night

Varadkar tells Fine Gael conference: Everyone should have a home

The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has delivered his first speech as leader of Fine Gael at the party's national conference.

"Yes, there are major challenges with housing and homelessness, and no, they won't be solved overnight.

But we have a plan, the plan is working, and we won't stop until we succeed.

"Because we believe that everyone should have a home. And we believe that every working person should be able to aspire to own their own one."

Labour Court makes recommendation to end Irish Rail dispute

The Labour Court has made a recommendation to Irish Rail workers in a dispute over pay.

Under the terms, it says staff should receive a 7.5% pay increase over the next three years.

This would translate to an increase of 2.5% each year.

France says radioactive pollution increase could indicate nuclear accident in Russia or Kazakhstan

France says a cloud of radioactive pollution over Europe could mean a nuclear accident took place in Russia or Kazakhstan.

The substance Ruthenium 106 has been detected since late September.

It was detected by several European networks, France's Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN) says.

WATCH: US widow meets the man who was given her dead husband's face

A widow in the US has had an emotional meeting with the man who received her dead husband's face in a transplant operation.

Lilly Ross met Andy Sandness 16 months after the surgery made possible by her decision to donate her husband's face to a man who had lived for a decade without one.

Mr Sandness had attempted to take his own life in 2006, destroying most of his face.

WATCH: John Lewis releases its 2017 Christmas ad

The British retailer John Lewis has released its highly anticipated Christmas ad.

Over the last several years, the retailer has become well-known for its often emotional and high concept festive advertisements.

This year's offering focuses on 7-year-old Joe, who is kept awake by a snoring monster called Moz who sleeps under his bed.