There is no evidence child protection workers acted with "malice of intent" in the Garda whistleblower scandal, the head of the state child agency has said.
A senior member of Fianna Fáil has restated his call for the Garda Commissioner to stand aside while the whistleblower tribunal is carried out.
The vigils are being held in front of local Garda stations around the country.
Vigils in support of whistleblowers will take place around the country this evening.
Latest: Garda whistleblower Keith Harrison has welcomed his inclusion into the tribunal of inquiry into the treatment of whistleblowers in the Gardaí.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny has struggled to say what he knew about the false Tusla sex abuse claims levelled against Sgt Maurice McCabe and when, according to the Irish Examiner.
The HSE will not explain why the “clerical error” at the centre of the false Tusla sex abuse claims against whistleblower Maurice McCabe failed to be registered as a data protection breach, writes Fiachra Ó Cionnaith of the Irish Examiner.
Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar believes Sergeant Maurice McCabe is owed a “ full and unequivocal apology” from Government over his maltreatment by agencies of the State, writes Daniel McConnell of the Irish Examiner.
Latest: It is understood the Independent Alliance wants an external audit of the Gardaí in the wake of the whistleblower controversy.
Latest: The Government has just won a motion of confidence in itself in the Dáil by 57 votes to 52, with Fianna Fáil abstaining.
Latest: Keith Harrison's solicitor Trevor Collins has this evening confirmed his client wants to be part of any public inquiry into the whistleblower crisis.
Latest: A spokesperson for the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, has said Ms Zappone took "absolutely the correct course of action" in not revealing any of the details of the Tusla file on Seargean Maurice McCabe.
Latest: While a Commission of Investigation is to examine whether there was a smear campaign against Sergeant Maurice McCabe, the Government insists the Garda Commissioner has its full confidence.
Latest:Sinn Féin have said they are to table a motion of no confidence in the Government "without delay".
Sinn Féin has expressed concern following last night’s revelations on Prime Time that Tusla sent a file containing false allegations about Sgt Maurice McCabe to local gardaí in 2013.
Latest:Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald has said that this evening's statement from Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald in relation to her knowledge of Tusla's role in the scandal impacting Sgt Maurice McCabe is not credible.
A file containing a false allegation of child sex abuse against whistleblower Maurice McCabe was sent by Tusla, the child and family agency, to gardaí and widely circulated in 2013, however no effort was made to substantiate the claim, writes the Irish Examiner's Michael Clifford.
Fianna Fail, Labour, the Green Party as well as Independent TDs have this afternoon called for the terms of the Charleton inquiry to be expanded.
Update 10.40pm: Sinn Féin's Mary Lou McDonald has called for Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan to immediately step aside following the Irish Examiner revelations that she described as "unprecedented" and "quite frankly disgusting and vile".
The Garda Commissioner says she 'refutes in the strongest terms' that she engaged in a smear campaign against a whistleblower.