Evening top 5: 'Trumpcare' passes first hurdle; Dáil votes to make standing mandatory for prayer

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Minister refuses to reveal Irish vote on UN women's rights commission

Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan has come under fire after he refused to clarify whether Ireland voted in favour of Saudi Arabia joining a high-ranking United Nations commission on women’s rights.

He has insisted that due to longstanding tradition, UN elections are made by secret ballot - and voting decisions are not made public.

WATCH: Gardaí remove Vera Twomey from sit-down Leinster House protest

Gardaí have moved in to end a sit-down protest over access to cannabis-based medicine outside the main gate of Leinster House.

Four people were involved in the demonstration, including Vera Twomey - the woman who has been campaigning for access to the medicine for her young daughter Ava.

Garda Commissioner says no crime has taken place over Templemore funds

The Garda Commissioner Noirín O'Sullivan has described the practices uncovered relating to accounting and expenditure at the garda training college in Templemore as 'unacceptable'.

But Commissioner O'Sullivan says the problems go back as much as 40 years, and that so far paper trails have not been uncovered.

US House of Representatives passes controversial 'Trumpcare' bill

President Donald Trump talks to House Speaker Paul Ryan. Picture by: Evan Vucci/AP/Press Association Images

Politicians in the US House of Representatives have passed a controversial bill to repeal large sections of President Obama's signature healthcare legislation 'Obamacare'.

The vote passed by 217 votes to 213.

20 Republicans voted against the bill, alongside every single Democrat in the House.

Dáil votes to make standing mandatory for prayer

The Dáil has voted to make it mandatory for TDs to stand during the prayer at the start of business each day.

Deputies face being named, thrown out and losing a day's pay if they refuse to observe the new rule.

A period of 30 seconds silent reflection has also been added to take place after the prayer and before business gets underway.