Evening top 5: Fianna Fáil to abstain from motion of no confidence vote; Whistleblower McCabe rejects HSE apology

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Fianna Fáil to abstain from motion of no confidence in Government

Fianna Fáil has confirmed the party will abstain from voting on a motion of no confidence in the government next week.

Sinn Féin submitted the motion last night over the government’s handling of the garda whistleblower controversy and the ongoing crisis in the health service.

The latest Sunday Times Behaviour and Attitudes opinion poll, released today, has shown that Fianna Fáil has opened up an 11-point lead over Fine Gael as the country’s most popular party - leading to speculation they may use the motion of no confidence to spark a new general election.

Garda whistleblower McCabe rejects HSE apology

Sergeant Maurice McCabe has rejected an apology from the HSE regarding false allegations of sexual abuse made against him.

It emerged earlier this week that that the child and family agency Tusla mistakenly created a file containing the false allegations as a result of a “clerical error.”

On Saturday, the HSE released a statement confirming that the error was made by a staff member of the HSE’s National Counselling Service in 2013.

Live entertainment in Ireland generated €1.7bn last year

Live entertainment events in Ireland generated a massive €1.7bn last year. 

This includes events centred around music, arts, theatre, comedy, family, attractions and exhibitions. These events meant employment for almost 11,500 people, according to a major new report.

The huge income came from over 4 million people attending live events – including nearly 300,000 overseas visitors to the Island of Ireland. 

In all, live entertainment events were responsible for 3.7 million bed nights in hotels and guesthouses, the equivalent of over 54 “Sold Out” All-Ireland Finals at Croke Park, according to the report. 

Two women die in separate road accidents

Two people have been killed in separate road accidents in different parts of the country this morning.

Gardaí in Naas are investigating a fatal collision which occurred at approximately 11am on the Rathcoffey to Maynooth Road in Clane, Co. Kildare.

A female cyclist in her mid-thirties was fatally injured when she was involved in a collision with a car.

Earlier a woman in her fifties died following a crash in County Galway.

Trump “fully behind” Japan following North Korean missile launch

South Korea has condemned the actions of their neighbour North Korea who fired a ballistic missile which travelled nearly 500 kilometres towards the Sea of Japan.

The missile - launched at around 7.55am local time from Banghyon air base in the western province of North Pyongan Province - flew about 310 miles east towards the Sea of Japan before it dropped into water, according to the South Korean defence ministry. 

In a statement South Korea's defence ministry said "It is believed that today's missile launch... is aimed at drawing global attention to the North by boasting its nuclear and missile capabilities.