Morning Top 5: Garda college fraud; Otto Warmbier dies; and Irish beef in the US

The top stories this Tuesday morning

Fraud at the garda training college Templemore could run to six figures, according to new reports.

The Irish Independent claims the fraud squad has been called in to investigate alleged financial irregularities.

The Garda Commissioner is due back before the Public Accounts Committee to answer more questions about it.

Nóirín O'Sullivan's previous testimony has been contradicted at the PAC by senior civilian garda officials.


US President Donald Trump has condemned what he called "the brutality of the North Korean regime", after the death of an American student who was imprisoned there for 17 months.

Otto Warmbier was released from detention in North Korea in a coma last week.

His parents say the "awful torturous mistreatment" of their son ensured that "no other outcome was possible".

The 22-year-old was sentenced to 15 years in prison with hard labour in North Korea after he confessed he'd tried to steal a propaganda banner.


Irish beef is to be sold in the US as a premium brand.

It means that meat from selected farms here can be stamped with the official United States Department of Agriculture seal of approval.

The deal was reached after three years of talks between American agriculture bosses and Bord Bía.

It marks the start of a week-long trade mission to the United States by the Agriculture Minister Michael Creed.


The Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney is meeting the EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier later.

The two men are meeting in Luxembourg, the day after the formal start of Brexit talks between the EU and the UK.

Yesterday, both sides said resolving issues affecting Ireland were a key priority for the Brexit talks.


A new vaccine for cholesterol could improve the lives of 250,000 Irish people.

Experts say a new jab could eliminate the need for people to take statins, which lower the level of bad cholesterol in the blood.

The Irish Daily Mail also reports that the new vaccine could fight against heart disease.