Evening top 5: Belfast bakery loses gay cake appeal; France begins clearing 'Jungle' camp

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Ashers Bakery in Belfast loses appeal over gay cake row

A bakery in Northern Ireland has lost an appeal over its refusal to make a cake for a gay rights group.

The Christian-run Ashers Bakery in Belfast refused to bake a cake with a pro-gay marriage slogan on it in 2014 and was fined stg£500 (€700).

A court ruled the customer, Gareth Lee, was discriminated against on the grounds of sexual orientation.


Drunk driver who killed young boy in Laois has sentence reduced on appeal

The family of a boy who was killed by a drunk driver say they are disappointed his sentence had been reduced on appeal.

Finbarr O'Rourke was originally handed a seven-and-a-half year sentence for causing the death of four-year-old Ciarán Treacy.

The Court of Appeal felt there was an error in principle and applied a new sentence of eight years, with the final two suspended. 


ASTI strike: No end to pay dispute in sight as talks end without resolution

The Department of Education and Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland (ASTI) have failed to reach agreement ahead of planned strike action. 

A meeting between the two sides ended without resolution this afternoon, but more talks have been agreed for Wednesday. 

The union is planning to hold seven days of strike action between this Thursday and early December, as well as withdraw from supervision and substitution duties from November 7th.


New report recommends Commission of Inquiry into media ownership in Ireland

A new report has recommended a Commission of Inquiry into media ownership in Ireland.

The study, commissioned by Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan, raises concerns about the high level of media ownership by businessman Denis O'Brien, as a result of his "significant minority stake" in Independent News and Media and "substantial holdings" in commercial radio.

It also recommends that an investigation be set up to examine the role of RTÉ as a public service broadcaster, and what is described as the "chilling effect" of current defamation laws.


First buses carrying migrants leave Calais 'Jungle' ahead of camp's demolition

The first buses carrying migrants from the sprawling 'Jungle' camp in Calais have left for shelters in central France ahead of its demolition, due to begin tomorrow. 

The mass exodus of refugees and migrants is now under way, with buses starting to disperse thousands of the camp's residents.

More than 2,000 have been taken to centres around France after the first day of the police operation, with about 4,000 others still left.