Evening top 5: Uncovering of garda malpractice "inevitable"; gains for Labour and Independents; Rescue 116 search continues

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Latest garda revelations a "matter of grave disappointment"

The Garda Commissioner has admitted that the latest controversies facing the force are “totally unacceptable” and not in keeping with the standards of a modern police service.

It emerged on Thursday that thousands of court summonses were issued over a ten year period for road offences that did not require them.

Of those, 96% were included alongside other offences that could have landed them in court - but almost 6,000 were stand-alone and should have received a fixed charge notice instead.

Latest opinion poll shows gains for Labour and Independents

The Labour Party and Independents have gained in popularity according to the latest opinion poll - at the expense of Sinn Féin and other small parties.

Fianna Fáil remains marginally ahead of Fine Gael as the country's most popular party in the latest RED C poll for tomorrow's Sunday Business Post.

Fianna Fáil remains unchanged on 26% in this poll compared to a month ago, with Fine Gael also unchanged on 24%.

Body found in Rescue 116 wreckage

Search teams are working late into the night, in their efforts to recover the body of a crewman from the wreckage of Rescue 116.

The coast guard confirmed this morning that a body has been located. 

Although weather conditions were good today - a high swell prevented dive teams from entering the water to recover the body.

Thousands gather in London to protest against Brexit

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets in London this afternoon to protest against Brexit – just days before the expected triggering of article 50 and the beginning of Britain’s formal separation from the EU.

The Unite for Europe demonstration began with the crowds observing a minutes silence in tribute to the victims of Wednesday’s attack at Westminster.

Organisers said more than 25,000 people took part in the march from Park Lane in Westminster to Britain’s Houses of Parliament. 

US military confirms air strikes that reportedly killed hundreds of civilians

The US military has confirmed it was involved in an airstrike in west Mosul last week which is claimed to have caused hundreds of civilian deaths.

Residents and officials have said that over 200 civilians may have died in the strikes by the US-led coalition fighting Islamic State militants in the region.

US Central Command said in a statement that "an initial review of strike data from March 16-23 indicates that, at the request of the Iraqi Security Forces, the Coalition struck ISIS fighters and equipment, March 17, in West Mosul at the location corresponding to allegations of civilian casualties."