Morning top 5: 13 cancer cases missed in Wexford; West African military look to move into Gambia

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Hundreds of colonoscopies at Wexford General Hospital have been examined by external experts hired by the HSE.

They were called in after concerns were raised about the conclusions drawn from routine tests.

Reviewers found that 13 patients had cancers that were either missed in the original screenings, or that have developed since then.

They were all under the care of the same consultant, who's been on leave since the issue emerged two years ago.

The hospital has apologised to patients.

The published review is expected to highlight any potential flaws in their quality assurance measures.


West African leaders are holding crisis talks after a midnight deadline passed for Gambia's president to stand down.

Neighbouring countries have threatened military action - if power is not handed over to the President-elect - who won a vote last month.

The Department of Foreign Affairs has confirmed it's in contact with a small number of Irish citizens in the country.

It remains unclear if Adama Barrow's inauguration as President will go ahead today.


Outgoing president of the United State Barack Obama has advised President-elect Donald Trump not to make decisions on his own.

At his last press conference as president. he said the magnitude of the job is such that "you can't do it by yourself".

He also defended his decision to reduce the prison sentence of Wikileaks whistleblower Chelsea Manning, who is set to be released in May.


Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to a fatal attack in Dublin.

Neil Reilly (36) was beaten and stabbed in Lucan in the early hours of yesterday morning.


Theresa May will tell world leaders in Davos later that the UK will "rediscover" its role as a "great, global trading nation" outside Europe.

The British prime minister's speech at the gathering in Switzerland will be aimed at drumming up trade and investment.

She'll say her country's vote to leave the EU was a response to people feeling dispossessed - and that change must benefit those who've been 'left behind'.

At home, Fine Gael TD Fergus O'Dowd has said the UK leaving the customs union is Ireland's biggest concern.

The party is hosting two public meetings today to discuss Brexit - with several business people also set to attend.