Morning top 5: Irish Cancer Society calls for increased funding for HPV vaccine; French presidential candidates face off

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New stats show 130 people die in Ireland each year from cancers related to the HPV virus.

The National Cancer Registry (NCR) claims a vaccine combating the Human Papilloma Virus could prevent up to two-thirds of cases in women - but not enough people are getting the jab.

The Irish Cancer Society (ICS) has called for increased funding to improve the uptake of the vaccination programme.

NCR director, Professor Kerri Clough Gorr has warned that the uptake of the vaccine has dropped as low as 50% as a result of misinformation.


The Garda Commissioner will face questions today over financial irregularities at the garda training college in Templemore.

A report published in March raised serious concerns - including the use of public money for entertainment, gifts - and for clubs and societies.

Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan previously said there was no criminality involved in what she described as “legacy issues.”

However, Labour's Alan Kelly - who will chair today's Public Accounts Committee meeting – has warned that there are many questions still to be answered.


In France, the two remaining presidential candidates faced each other in the final debate of the election with up to 47 million French voters preparing to take to the polls this Sunday.

There were testy exchanges and insults all through the debate, as polls around the race widen with En Marche candidate Emmanuel Macron ahead at around 59% and far-right candidate Marine Le Pen on 41%.

A snap poll after the TV debate watched by around 20 million people showed a majority found Macron more convincing than his opponent.


The Taoiseach will meet with the Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau in Montreal later today.

The two leaders will discuss bilateral relations including the economy, trade and the diaspora.

Enda Kenny will then travel on to Toronto tomorrow where he will meet with representatives of Enterprise Ireland, Tourism Ireland and the Ireland Chamber of Commerce.

It is likely to be one of the last trips Mr Kenny makes as Taoiseach.


WhatsApp has confirmed it went down across the world for several hours last night.

The messaging app could be opened by users but wasn't able to connect to servers.

The firm, which is owned by Facebook, says it has now fixed the issue and has apologised for any inconvenience.

There is still no word on what caused the problems.