Injured children are carried into Al Najar hospital after Israeli air strikes in Rafah

Obama calls for Hamas to commit to ceasefire

22.45 US President Barack Obama has called on Hamas to show they were serious about wanting a ceasefire and urged them to release an Israeli soldier reported captured earlier today.

Iarnród Éireann has said it will implement the pay cuts from Sunday 24 August

NBRU members vote for rail strike action

22.45 Rail passengers face an increased risk of disruption later this month after National Bus and Rail Union members voted to take strike action if Iarnród Éireann proceeds with planned pay cuts.

The new law will change sectoral wage-setting mechanisms and alter work conditions for some employees

New law for wage agreements approved

22.39 The Government has approved the drafting of new legislation to replace sectoral wage-setting mechanisms which were struck down as unconstitutional last year.

The bill was passed in December  and obliged Ugandans to denounce gays to the authorities

Ugandan court overturns strict anti-gay law

22.40 A Ugandan court has overturned a strict anti-gay law, which stated that repeat homosexuals should be jailed for life, as it had not been through the necessary legal proceedings.

Twin boy was left behind when Australian couple discovered he had Down Syndrome

Funds raised for abandoned surrogate baby

17.23 Well-wishers have raised nearly €70,000 for a baby reportedly left with his surrogate Thai mother after his Australian parents discovered he had Down Syndrome and returned home with his healthy twin sister.

The ESRI report says three quarters of the 45,000 loans which are no longer in negative equity are in Dublin

Number of homes in negative equity decreases

21.41 A report by the Economic and Social Research Institute estimates that the number of mortgage loans where the outstanding debt exceeds the value of the property has fallen by 45,000 since 2012.