The Evening Top 5: Investigation into foster home abuse, Iowa caucus race is a close call

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Lynch recommends establishing Commission of Investigation into events at foster home

The Taoiseach and Tánaiste have met to discuss the proposal from the ministers and a statement from the Taoiseach's office this evening says the two ministers will attend Cabinet tomorrow and will outline their proposals for the establish of a Commission of Investigation then.

Speaking after a meeting with the HSE this afternoon, Minister Lynch said: "It is clear that there have been failures in protecting vulnerable people in our care.  For a number of reasons, it has been difficult to establish the facts with certainty.  

Front runners in close contest in Iowa

Opinion polls show that leading Democrat Hillary Clinton is supported by 47% of people likely to vote in Monday's Iowa caucuses, compared to her main rival Bernie Sanders' 44%.

Donald Trump, the Republican setting the early pace, is backed by 30% of his party's supporters, with Texas Senator Ted Cruz on 24% and Florida Senator Marco Rubio on 15%, RealClearPolitics found.

Secret sniper has allegedly killed off four high-ranking ISIS members in the last month

While the Syrian government have yet to confirm his death due to security reasons, al-Cambodi was a high-ranking recruiter for ISIS, and can be seen front and centre in the video below for attacks against Australia.

Ireland's women well placed in first ever rugby rankings

The reigning Six Nations champions and 2014 World Cup semi-finalists are ranked ahead of Canada, USA and Australia.

Four-time World Cup winners New Zealand are No 1, ahead of second-placed France and reigning world champions England who come in at No 3.

'Of course I am his boss' - Joan Burton responds to Alan Kelly's interview

Mr Kelly told the Sunday Independent that he was his own boss, saying he did not see his relationship with Ms Burton that way.

"That's not the way we see our relationship. I mean she is the leader of the party and that's a very privileged and great position to be in and I really respect her for that" he told the paper.