Evening top 5: Scoliosis theatre to open; Donnelly's online attack; and Twitter security

The top stories this Tuesday night

Theatre to treat scoliosis to open by April, health minister confirms

Health Minister Simon Harris says a scoliosis theatre at Crumlin Children's Hospital in Dublin will open in April.

Minister Harris told the Dáil it will handle at least 194 operations this year.

He has met with the hospital's CEO, after it emerged the theatre was built but has not been sufficiently staffed to open.

Donnelly "eviscerated by online horde" after Fianna Fáil move

Fianna Fáil's Stephen Donnelly has said he was 'eviscerated by an online horde' after announcing his decision to join the party.

The Wicklow TD announced the change of allegiance last week.

Originally elected as an independent, he became one of the co-founders of the Social Democrats in 2015. However, he left the young party last year and became an independent again.

Cross-country search uncovers 'highly sophisticated' grow house

Gardaí have uncovered a cannabis grow house in Galway, following a search in Wicklow.

Cannabis herb with a street value of €2,000 was found when officers stopped and searched a car at the Sally Gap in Wicklow on Monday night.

One man aged in his 40s was arrested and is currently detained at Wicklow garda station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.

WATCH: Branson takes Obama's kitesurfing virginity

Barack Obama is certainly enjoying retirement.

Following President Trump's inauguration, the former president of the United States headed to Palm Springs with wife Michelle and daughters Sasha and Malia in tow.

However, he and Michelle opted to leave the girls at home for a recent trip to the Virgin Islands on the invitation of British billionaire Richard Branson.

Twitter reveals permanent solution to stop abusive content

People removed from Twitter are to be permanently suspended from creating new accounts.

The social media site has announced changes to improve safety online.

Last week, it introduced improvements for reporting abusive tweets - and it has now announced three further changes.