Morning top 5: Inquest into Buncrana tragedy begins; Tánaiste defends actions on McCabe; Zimbabwe's new president to be sworn in

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The inquest into the Buncrana pier tragedy will begin this morning.

The Coroner for Donegal says they will aim to establish exactly what happened on March 20th 2016 - when five members of one family lost their lives.

A baby girl, Rioghnach-Ann McGrotty was the sole survivor after a car slid off Buncrana pier and into the waters of Lough Swilly.

Donegal coroner Dr Denis McCauley has described the incident as one of the worst family tragedies on the Irish coast in living memory.


The Tanaiste’s position appears safe, for now, after she defended her handling of the Garda whistleblower scandal in the Dáil last night.

Frances Fitzgerald published an email she received in May 2015, which mentioned a criminal complaint about whistleblower Maurice McCabe - which he has always denied.

Minister Fitzgerald previously claimed she only found out about Garda plans to discredit Sergeant McCabe in May 2016.

She told the Dáil she did not remember the email when discussing the issue with the Taoiseach last week.


Zimbabwe's new president is to be sworn in today after Robert Mugabe stepped down as the country’s leader.

Emmerson Mnangagwa was previously the vice-president but was sacked by Mugabe two weeks ago.

Zimbabweans are hopeful that the new president will bring about much needed changes in the country.

Wilf Mbanga edits The Zimbabwean newspaper from South Africa, where he lives in exile.


Taxi app Uber has confirmed that it concealed a cyber attack in 2016 - which compromised the data of more than 57 million customers around the world.

The company’s new boss has revealed that names, e-mail addresses and phone numbers of customers were among the data accessed.

The driver's licenses of 60,000-thousand people were also accessed.

It is reported the firm paid the hackers €85,000 to delete it all.


Over 43,500 public patients missed out on treatment to private patients between 2015 and 2016.

The majority of consultants should only be undertaking 20% private work but RTÉ Investigates has found that consultants in 14 public hospitals are exceeding this limit.

This means that public patients are having to wait longer for procedures.