Evening top 5: Francois Fillon wins French primary election; Cystic Fibrosis Ireland expresses 'dismay' over drug funding

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Cystic Fibrosis Ireland expresses 'dismay' as HSE seems set to reject funding of drug

The HSE is reportedly not recommending the reimbursement of cystic fibrosis Orkambi. 

In a statement, the HSE said they had undertaken "considerable engagement and negotiation" with the manufacturer of the drug Vertex in an effort to secure a price reduction.

Both the National Centre for Pharmacoeconomics (NCPE) and the HSE Drugs Committee found the drug to be "unjustifiably expensive and not sufficiently cost effective".

In a statement, Cystic Fibrosis Ireland expressed its "dismay and its opposition" to the development.

Suggestion that President Higgins neglected human rights concerns is 'unwarranted', spokesperson says 

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A spokesperson for President Higgins has said any suggestion that the President neglected Fidel Castro's human rights concerns is "both unsustainable and unwarranted".

President Higgins has faced criticism for his statement marking the death of the former Cuban leader yesterday.

Donald Trump claims he won popular vote 'if you deduct millions of people who voted illegally'

US President-elect Donald Trump has claimed that he won the popular vote "if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally".

While Mr Trump won a decisive victory based on the electoral college system - which determines the presidency - his rival Hillary Clinton leads in the popular vote by more than 2 million votes.

Francois Fillon wins primary to become conservative candidate for French presidential election

Francois Fillon. Picture by Francois Mori AP/Press Association Images

Francois Fillon has won France's Republican presidential primary, after his opponent Alain Juppe conceded defeat.

The pair, both former prime ministers, were vying to become the centre-right Les Republicains party candidate in the election.

Sunday football review

Man United's perennial bogey team West Ham struck again at Old Trafford today as they secured a 1-1 draw which piles more pressure on Jose Mourinho's side.

The visitors struck early when Diafra Sakho nodded in a Payet free kick in the second minute.