EVENING BULLETIN: Catch up on what made the headlines today

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IRELAND: As the fallout continues to RTE revelations on hospital waiting lists the Health Minister has announced that a theatre at Crumlin children's hospital in Dublin that is to be dedicated to scoliosis operations will open in April.Here we highlight the full list of actions sanctioned by Simon Harris on waiting lists.

IRELAND: Tánaiste and Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald has confirmed that a commission of investigation into the Garda whistleblower claims will be led by Supreme Court judge Peter Charlton but has refused to say whether Garda Commissioner Noirín O'Sullivan or any other senior officer will be asked to step aside while the inquiry takes place.

IRELAND: Siptu have confirmed that nurses and midwives from their union are "more than likely to ballot for strike action" in their dispute over recruitment and retention.

WORLD: Syrian authorities have killed at least 13,000 people since the start of the 2011 uprising, in mass hangings at a prison north of Damascus known to detainees as "the slaughterhouse", Amnesty International has said.

WORLD: A five-year-old boy has been found dead after allegedly being forced to run several kilometres in the middle of the night as punishment for wetting his bed.

WORLD: The US senate has confirmed school choice activist Betsy DeVos as education secretary, with Vice President Mike Pence breaking a 50-50 tie.

SPORT: The widow of Ireland and Munster rugby legend Anthony "Axel" Foley, who passed away suddenly last October, has described a book of condolences containing 10,000 signatures presented to her by the Mayor of Limerick as another reminder of the "amazing goodness of people".

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LIFESTYLE: It's world internet safety day and with children often knowing more about the digital world than their parents here are are some tips on keeping up.

VIRAL: The Ray D'Arcy show on RTÉ Radio 1 received a pretty impressive email this morning, highlighting a fine job done by An Post.

VIDEO: The sceptics among you will be raising an eyebrow but here in Examiner Towers we're saying hats off to the Harry Potter loving students of UCC.



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