Evening top 5: EU backs Irish position on border; Investigation highlights garda malpractice; Trump aide admits lying to FBI

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Europe will not accept any border proposal without Ireland's agreement

The President of the European Council has said that EU will not accept any proposal on the border without Ireland’s agreement.

Donald Tusk was speaking following a meeting with the Taoiseach in Dublin this afternoon.

Addressing the press following the meeting, he reiterated that the EU is "fully behind" Ireland in its insistence that there can be no return to a hard border.

He pledged to consult with the Taoiseach before agreeing to any UK offer on the border.

GSOC report finds one Garda officer cancelled 744 fixed charge notices

Sinn Féin has warned that the decision not to pursue any criminal or disciplinary proceedings against gardaí over the ‘improper’ cancellation of penalty sends out a “bad message.”

It comes as a report from the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) supported allegations by Garda whistleblower Sergeant Maurice McCabe that penalty points were 'improperly cancelled.'

The commission met with Sergeant McCabe five times during this investigation, and looked at the overall system rather than each individual allegation.

Investigators examined data relating to the issuing of 1.6 million fixed charge notices (FCNs) and 74,373 cancellations between 2009 and 2012.

Retired surgeon jailed for 20 months over sexual assaults on teenage boys

A retired surgeon, who used to work at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, has been jailed for 20 months for groping two teenage patients.

Dr Michael Shine of Wellington Road in Dublin 4 was found guilty of indecently assaulting the boys at the hospital and his clinic in the 1970s.

One of Dr Shine’s victims delivered his victim impact statement this afternoon just a few feet away from his abuser. 

He was indecently assaulted on two separate occasions during follow-up examinations at his private clinic on Fair Street in Drogheda.

Former Trump National Security Adviser pleads guilty to lying to the FBI

US President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI over his links to Russia.

It was alleged that Mr Flynn was dishonest about contacts with Russia's ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak.

When asked in court in Washington whether he wanted to plead guilty, the retired three-star general said: "Yes sir."

A court paper said that Mr Flynn "did wilfully and knowingly make materially false, fictitious, and fraudulent statements and representations."

German Christmas market evacuated over bomb scare

A Christmas market in Germany has been evacuated after the discovery of a suspected explosive device.

Potsdam police said they cleared the area around where the object was found and were investigating.

The device was diffused at 5:30pm local time (4:30pm Irish time), after police were called three hours earlier.

On Twitter, police said: "Suspicions of an unconventional explosive device have been confirmed."