Evening top 5: McCabe calls for public inquiry; President Higgins meets with FARC commander

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Zappone orders statutory investigation into Tusla

Children's Minister Katherine Zappone has ordered an independent statutory investigation into how Tusla manages allegations of child abuse.

It emerged last week that that the child and family agency mistakenly created a file containing the false allegations about Garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe as a result of a “clerical error.”

The statutory investigation will be carried out by the Health Information Quality Authority (HIQA).

Maurice McCabe calls for full public inquiry

Maurice McCabe. Image: RollingNews.ie

Garda whistleblower Sergeant Maurice McCabe has called for a full public inquiry into allegations of a smear campaign against him.

Last week, the Government announced the formation of a Commission of Investigation into the ongoing scandal.

It also emerged last week that that the child and family agency Tusla mistakenly created a file containing the false allegations about Sgt McCabe as a result of a “clerical error".

However, there are increasing calls for a full public inquiry into the scandal.

President Higgins meets with FARC commander in Colombian jungle

President Michael D. Higgins became the first foreign head of state to visit a fully de-mobilised FARC guerrilla camp, as part of Colombia’s ambitious peace process ending 5 decades of armed conflict today.

Despite losing a referendum on an agreed platform for peace in December last year, the government of Juan Manuel Sanchos passed through congress, an amended agreement, apparently taking in to account the concerns of the electorate.

Irish teenager makes plea for life-saving cancer treatment funds

Shauntelle Tynan/Youtube

A Carlow teenager battling a rare form of cancer has pleaded for help in raising €350,000 to cover the costs of her life-saving specialist treatment in Texas.

Shauntelle Tynan (18), was diagnosed in May 2015 with an extremely rare form of cancer,  multi-system Histiocytosis X Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH).

At least four killed in avalanche in French Alps

At least four people have been killed and several others feared to have been swept away after an avalanche near a French ski resort.

Rescuers are continuing to search for anyone trapped beneath the 100m wide snowslide which hit an off-piste slope known as Toviere, near the ski resort of Tignes, close to the Italian border.

Staff at the resort saw the wall of snow barrel down the mountain at 9.35am on Monday and raised the alarm.