Evening top 5: EU Brexit negotiator: 'Irish interests will be union's interests' ; Garda Commissioner facing fresh Oireachtas questioning

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Michel Barnier: 'Irish interests will be the union's interests'

The EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has warned that the UK leaving the EU changes the union's border - but he insisted he will work "to avoid a hard border".

Mr Barnier - who has previously served as a European Commissioner and held various French cabinet positions - will hold a private meeting with Enda Kenny after the special joint sitting at Leinster House.

He has already been in Dublin, seven months ago during a tour of European capitals.

 

Garda Commissioner to face fresh Oireachtas questioning

A legal expert has warned that government leaders are “quite wrong” in their insistence that the Garda Commissioner was not legally obliged to inform them of financial irregularities at Templemore Garda College.

Members of the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee (PAC) are meeting this morning to discuss whether to call Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan in for questioning again within the week.

Commissioner O'Sullivan's next appearance was due to take place in July, however fresh controversy surrounding the Garda training college looks set to change all that.

 

HSE director suggests chocolates as incentive for nurse vaccinations

A senior Health Service Executive director has told The Oireachtas Health Committee that chocolates could be used as an incentive to encourage nurses to get the flu vaccine.

Assistant National Director for Health Protection Dr Kevin Kelleher said giving chocolates to nurses would provide an incentive to get them to take up the flu vaccination.

Nurses have responded by saying that insinuating they can be bribed with a box of chocolates is demeaning to their profession.

 

Gardai seize €1.5m worth of cannabis in Dublin

Gardaí have discovered a cannabis grow house and seized around €1.5m worth of cannabis in Dublin.

It follows the search of a premises in Ballymount Estate as part of an ongoing investigation into the sale and supply of drugs in the Crumlin District.

Gardaí recovered an estimated 1500 plants in varying stages of growth along with 48kgs of vacuum packed cannabis herb.

 

Ireland fail to qualify for Eurovision final

Ireland has failed to qualify for the Eurovision final this Saturday. 

20 year old Brendan Murray from Galway represented the nation with 'Dying to Try' in the semi finals in Ukraine.

Murray was competing in what was billed as the tougher of the two semi-finals and even included a marriage propsoal for Macedonian singer Jana Burčeska.