Evening top 5: Maternity hospital row intensifies; homeless numbers continue to rise

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St Vincent’s Healthcare Group criticise “untruthful allegations” by Dr Peter Boylan

The board of the St Vincent’s Healthcare Group have responded to what they call “continued misinformation and untruthful allegations” by former master of the National Maternity Hospital, Dr Peter Boylan.

It says this in the light of comments from by Dr Boylan, who continues to state that nuns will interfere with the governance of the new hospital.

Dr Boylan also claims he was asked to step down after he criticised the plan to build the new facility at a site owned by the Sisters of Charity.

35% increase in number of Dublin rough sleepers since last year

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There's been a 35% increase in the number of rough sleepers in Dublin in the past year.

Latest figures show 138 people slept on the streets of Dublin on the night of April 4th - the highest ever recorded for this time of year.

Meanwhile, the latest country-wide homeless figures from the Department of Housing show there are 1,256 homeless families in Ireland - including more than 2,500 children in emergency accommodation.

Hospital issues "unreserved apology" following infant deaths

A Galway couple have received an unreserved apology after losing two babies due to "failings of care” at Portiuncula Hospital.

Lorraine and Warren Reilly lost their two baby girls Asha and Amber in 2008 and 2010 at the hospital in Balinasloe.

A new review into infant care at the facility is due to be completed shortly – however the couple have said they were never informed about another investigation that was undertaken in 2011.

Paddy Cosgrave has 'no regrets' about how Web Summit left Ireland

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Paddy Cosgrave's annual tech conference 'Web Summit' rolled out of Dublin in November 2015 and into Lisbon for a minimum of three years. The first Lisbon-based event took place last year and was deemed to be a success by those in attendance and, of course, by Cosgrave himself. 

The company took Web Summit out of Dublin following a public spat between the government and the organisation. 

When asked this morning if he regrets how that episode played out, Cosgrave instantly replied: "I have no regrets."

UK steps up to keep Donald Trump's state visit free from stairs

British officials working on the plan for Donald Trump’s visit to England are reportedly amending venue locations in order to keep him away from steps amid rumours he has bathmophobia, a fear of stairs or slopes.

Meetings between Trump and the triumphant party leader after the UK’s snap election will now be held on ground floors, with The Sunday Times claiming that step-free routes have been planned. However, when the POTUS meets Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace, he will have to face his fears...