Morning top 5: Whistleblower to sue over false allegations; court upholds suspension of US travel ban

The top stories this Friday morning...

Garda whistleblower Sergeant Maurice McCabe has said he is going to sue over false child abuse claims.

It emerged yesterday that Tusla opened an investigation into the welfare of Sergeant McCabe's children, around the same time he made allegations of mismanagement in the Garda force.

However, the child and family agency later said the allegations were based on a 'clerical error'.


Donald Trump's controversial travel ban has suffered another setback.

A court has ruled it should remain suspended because the government has no evidence it will actually stop terrorism.

Responding to the order on Twitter, President Trump said: "SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!"


12 people have been killed in a landslide on the Indonesian island of Bali.

BBC reports that the victims included a seven-year-old girl, a one-year-old boy, and their mother.

The landslide hit several villages in the Kintamani area yesterday afternoon.


The head of Swim Ireland, Sarah Keane, has been elected as the new Olympic Council of Ireland president.

She takes over from Pat Hickey, who held the role for 28 years before his arrest on ticket touting charges at the Olympics.

Ms Keane had been up against Willie O'Brien, who took over as acting President last summer, and Basketball Ireland CEO Bernard O'Byrne.


Efforts are underway to save 100 pilot whales stranded on a New Zealand beach.

About 300 have already died at Farewell Spit, on the South Island, in one of the worst such cases in the country.

Hundreds of locals and conservation department staff have formed a human chain to refloat the whales after they beached themselves.