Morning top 5: Reports on foster home allegations to be published; childhood cancer mortality rates decline

The top stories this Tuesday morning...

Two HSE reports into allegations of abuse at a foster home in the southeast of the country will be published today.

The Conal Devine report is expected to outline claims that a young woman with profound intellectual disabilities - known as Grace - suffered significant physical injuries before finally being removed from the home in 2009.

The Resilience Ireland report deals with a further 46 young people who went through the same home between 1993 and 2013.

The families of those involved were briefed yesterday.


The number of children dying from cancer in Ireland is falling.

Fewer than 25 under the age of 15 have died from cancer each year since the 1990s, compared with 50-60 deaths per year from the 1950s to 70s.

However, the National Cancer Registry report also shows that the incidence of childhood cancer is on the rise despite the trend in mortality rates.


SpaceX has announced plans to fly two private citizens around the Moon next year, in the first manned US mission since the 1970s.

The tourists, who have paid a "significant deposit" for the week-long trip, will travel using a spaceship being developed for NASA astronauts - as well as a heavy-lift rocket that is yet to be flown.

SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk said he hopes the privately funded flight - the first ever to travel beyond the International Space Station - will happen in late 2018.


A report in the UK claims British businesses have started setting up shadow units on the continent and shifting investment south of the border here.

The research on leaving the EU been published by The British Chambers of Commerce.


The US President wants to raise the amount America spends on defence by a record $54 billion.

Donald Trump says he will pay for the extra military investment by making savings - including cutting foreign aid.

He insists he will not increase the country's debt.