Morning top 5: Garda Commissioner controversy, first full Dáil sitting and Sinéad O'Connor "found safe"

The headlines this morning

Garda Commissioner Noirín O'Sullivan has denied calling whistleblower Maurice McCabe "malicious".

Commissioner O'Sullivan issued a statement last night after it emerged her private evidence to the O'Higgins commission suggested Sergeant McCabe was motivated by "malice".

In public, Ms O'Sullivan had said she fully supported the whistleblower, whose allegations formed the basis of the commission.


The first full Dáil sitting since the government was formed takes place today.

Ministers will also hold their weekly cabinet meeting this morning, but Enda Kenny is to hold off for another few days before naming junior ministers.

Meanwhile, the Fine Gael leader is due to fly out to Washington DC later for a series of events marking the 1916 centenary. 


Gardaí are marching on the Dáil today in a row over pay for new recruits and pay restoration.

The AGSI, which represents garda sergeants and inspectors, is protesting a 25% pay cut and another increment freeze scheduled for July. 

Members of the force are due to arrive at Leinster House at midday.


Customer complaints about Irish Water fell by nearly 20% last year, according to the Commission for Energy Regulation.

The independent energy regulator dealt with 650 issues raised by Irish Water customers last year.

But the body said the higher volume of issues in 2014 may have been due to the introduction of water charges that year.


Singer Sinead O'Connor has been found safe, US police said last night.

Ms O'Connor reportedly left for a bike ride in the area of Wilmette, near Chicago, yesterday at 6.00am local time and failed to return.

Local police said she was safe and "no longer listed as a missing/endangered person".