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Evening headlines: Hottest ever August day in Ireland as 31.7C degrees recorded; Author Salman Rushdie attacked on stage during event in New York


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Here are the top stories on Independent.ie this evening.

Heatwave: Hottest ever August day in Ireland as 31.7C degrees recorded at one weather station

Ireland has experienced its hottest August day in recorded history today with temperatures hitting 31.7C in Co Carlow.

Author Salman Rushdie attacked on stage during event in New York

Author Salman Rushdie, who was once the subject of a fatwa for his writing, has been attacked at an event in western New York, the Associated Press reports.

Teacher who submitted false certs about teaching qualifications to work in Ireland guilty of professional misconduct ‘of most serious kind’

A teacher who submitted false certificates about his qualifications to the Teaching Council was guilty of professional misconduct “of the most serious kind”, an inquiry has heard.

Man (31) arrested in relation to offensive Michaela McAreavey video

A 31-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday and has since been released on police bail in connection with a video which emerged in June mocking the murder of Michaela McAreavey.

The Burning Question - Which classic ice-cream lasts longest in a heatwave

Forensics on scene after body of woman (20s) found dead in Meath as man (30s) arrested

The body of a woman in her 20s has been discovered at a house outside Athboy, Co Meath, this morning.

How Joe Duffy and Liveline retain a unique place in the media landscape

It would have come as a sobering statistic for Joe Duffy and his close-knit team on Liveline.

Pensioner cleared of causing baby’s death by careless driving due to insanity

A pensioner charged with causing a baby boy’s death through careless driving has been found not guilty by reason of insanity, with jurors finding that her undiagnosed dementia had affected her.

Luke O'Neill: How to keep your cool in the heatwave and what steps you should take to protect your health

Everyone is enjoying the sunny weather this week. The forecast says the sunshine will fade next week, but you never know.

Ryan Giggs’ ex-girlfriend ‘screamed in pain’ during sister’s 999 call, court hears

The ex-girlfriend of Ryan Giggs “screamed in pain” during a 999 call after he allegedly headbutted her in the face, a jury has heard.

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Welfare ordered to pay ex-Debenhams worker statutory redundancy after ruling overturned

A former Debenhams worker who was refused statutory redundancy will now get the payment after the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) found a Department of Social Protection official was wrong to say she had too little service to be eligible.

Russell Crowe spotted cycling around Dublin and Wicklow

Actor Russell Crowe has been spotted cycling around Bray and enjoying the sunshine as he took a break from filming his new movie.