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#1 House fire: A 55-year-old man has died overnight in a house fire in Bray.

The blaze broke out at around 4.30am in Oldcourt Avenue, Bray, Co. Wicklow.

The man was taken from the house by the Fire Brigade and CPR was administered, but emergency services were unable to save his life. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. A male in his 20s was also in the house at the time of the fire, but was not injured.

The house has been sealed off, pending a technical examination. Gardai have deemed the blaze as “suspicious”.

#2 Murder mystery: The body of a woman who was recently exhumed from a Co. Limerick grave had been buried without her vital organs, it has emerged.

A post mortem examination done on the remains of Margaret Seery (42), who died back in 1994 revealed that her vital organs had been removed pre-burial. No record of organ donation exists.

A secondary investigation has been launched to try and determine the whereabouts of the missing organs and why they were removed in the first place.

#3 Garda chase: Three men were seriously injured last night when a car being chased by Gardai crashed into them.

The incident happened yesterday evening when a car occupied by two males crashed into the car park of the pitch-and-putt club in Parteen, Co. Clare. Three men in their 70s were struck by the vehicle, and one of them is said to have been pinned under the car for several minutes. The occupants of the car, who had reportedly been involved in a nearby burglary earlier in the evening, fled on foot.

Gardai later confirmed a man was arrested in connection with this event.

#4 Islamic State: British MPs meet today for crucial vote on airstrikes against the jihadist group.

A YouGov survey for The Sun newspaper reveals the largest support yet for RAF airstrikes against IS in Iraq, with 57% now in favour and just 24% against.

If the motion is passed today, RAF warplanes could begin launching bombing raids “within minutes”.

#5 Ian Paisley: Details have emerged of an upcoming memorial for the late Ian Paisley.

The DUP founder died earlier this month, aged 88.

His funeral was strictly a family event, but it has now been confirmed that a invite-only memorial service will be held at the Ulster Hall in Belfast on Sunday 19 October. It’s set to begin at 3pm.

BBC Northern Ireland has confirmed it will broadcast the event live.

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