Morning top 5: Consultants warn hospital waiting lists "out of control"; McCain diagnosed with brain tumour; Dalí to be exhumed

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Hospital consultants have accused the government of being more interested in balancing budgets than treating patients.

The Irish Hospital Consultants Association is launching its Pre-Budget Submission today.

The group has warned that hospital waiting lists are out of control – adding that infrastructure is out of date with huge investment needed to end waiting lists and replace old equipment.

IHCA president Thomas Ryan said government spending on flagship projects is hiding major shortfalls in other areas.


Gardaí are preparing a file for the DPP in relation to the alleged rape of an 18 year old Spanish student in Dublin.

It follows the arrest and release without charge of a 24 year old man.

The victim was tied up and raped in the Pigeon House Road area of Ringsend last weekend.


The Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney is in London today, to hear from UK business leaders about their response to Brexit.

It comes as a new report warns of "widespread, damaging and pervasive" consequences for the UK if both sides can't reach agreement on a trade deal.

The think-tank UK in a Changing Europe says failure to reach a deal could result in British airlines being unable to fly, nuclear power stations stopping operations and "legal limbo" for millions of EU citizens in the UK.

Minister Coveney has said his talks today will stress the importance of preventing a return of a hard border, and protecting the gains of the peace process.


The former US presidential candidate John McCain has confirmed he has an aggressive form of brain cancer.

The Republican Senator recently had surgery to remove a blood clot above his eye, and tests confirmed the diagnosis.

The 80-year-old is reviewing the treatment options, including chemotherapy and radiation.


Salvador Dali's body is due to be exhumed today so a paternity test can be carried out.

A Spanish TV fortune-teller has claimed her mother had an affair with the artist in the 1950s.

The Dali Foundation - which looks after the painter's estate - has been challenging the decision.

However, Maria Pilar Abel Martinez has said she is determined to find out the truth about her parentage.