Your Monday evening catch-up

Here’s a briefing on some of the stories and issues highlighted on today.
Your Monday evening catch-up


The spotlight has turned on the Brussels suburb of Molenbeek as police continue to hunt suspects from Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris. At least one of the dead attackers and five of the people arrested in raids on Saturday had connections with the district and the mayor of the Belgian capital has said the area “must stop being a base for those who make war in Europe”.

The club at the centre of the Paris terror attacks has posted a message on Facebook thanking people for their support after the massacre on its premises.

One of the brothers of a suicide bomber involved in the Paris terror attacks has been released, his lawyer said. Mohamed Abdeslam, who had been arrested over the weekend, is the brother of Brahim Abdeslam who died when he detonated his suicide vest on Friday.

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The Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald says "terrorism has no boundaries" from the kind of attacks that took place in Paris on Friday. However, Ms Fitzgerald says there is no intelligence to suggest Ireland is any sort of specific target at present.

Laws allowing schools to discriminate against gay teachers are to be changed this week. A law to amend the controversial Section 37 provisions will be tabled in the Seanad on Wednesday.

Focus Ireland is calling for more social housing to be delivered through NAMA to ease the homeless crisis, as a major summit on the issue gets underway in Dublin.

A former fireman with an "unblemished" 30 years serving with Dublin Fire Brigade has been sentenced to seven years for having a sexual relationship with a child.


A Frenchman accused of entering Gatwick Airport with an air rifle and a knife has been remanded in custody. Jerome Chauris was detained on Saturday, after he allegedly walked into the airport’s North Terminal carrying the weapons, sparking a major terror alert.

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