Evening top 5: Government rejects DUP Brexit text claims; Mother and Baby Homes report delayed; Trump considering Israel embassy move

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Government categorically denies any role in blocking Brexit deal text from DUP

The government has denied it had any role in blocking the DUP from receiving the text of yesterday's draft Brexit agreement.

DUP leader Arlene Foster has said she only got sight of the draft agreement yesterday morning - and this evening claimed the Irish government had prevented her party from seeing it sooner.

The DUP's last minute intervention scuppered the deal - under which the British Government agreed there would be “continued regulatory alignment” on the island of Ireland following Brexit.

This evening, a spokesperson said the Government had absolutely no role in negotiations conducted by the British Government and as such had no involvement in any decision regarding what documents should be sent to the DUP.

Survivors furious at delay to Mother and Baby homes report

The Commission set up to investigate Mother and Baby homes has been given another year to complete its work.

It was due to report in February, but has asked for more time to ensure key questions are fully answered.

The Children's Minister Katherine Zappone has said she understands that many former residents of the homes will find the delay frustrating, however she believes the extra time will ensure crucial questions can be fully addressed.

The Coalition of Mother And Baby Home Survivors (CMABS) said the survivor community is "elderly" and warned that "many hundreds have already died" since the inquiry was originally announced.

Palestine claims Trump intends to move US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has warned that US President Donald Trump intends to move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

The embassy is currently in Tel Aviv, and moving it to Jerusalem could have serious consequences for the Middle East.

It would effectively give legitimacy to Israel's claim over the entire city and end decades of US policy stipulating that the city's status must be decided in negotiations with the Palestinians

Israel considers the whole of the city as its "eternal, undivided capital" - but East Jerusalem is considered illegally occupied under international law.

Palestinians view the Eastern part of the city as their own capital.

US police officer among four family members killed in Wexford crash

It is understood one of the victims of last night’s crash in Co Wexford was an American police officer.

Steven Alexander, his brother Doug Jnr and his parents Doug and Lily were all killed in the collision with a truck at Begerin Hill - about four kilometres east of New Ross - last night.

They had travelled from Illinois to Ireland for a family funeral.

A statement from Bolingbrook Police Department in Illinois said father-of-two Steven (49) had served with the force for 17 years.

It could be over six months before new Garda Commissioner is chosen

It could be summer 2018 before a new Garda Commissioner is appointed.

Nóirín O'Sullivan left the role in September, but a job specification still has not been finished for her replacement.

A new process is in place for appointing a Garda chief, with the Policing Authority to play a significant role in the process. 

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan gave a timeline to the Dáil earlier that means it could be next summer before the Garda top job is filled.