Evening top 5: Homeless figures show further rise; Call for European investigation into tracker scandal; Trump declares public health emergency

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Government urged to declare national emergency following further rise in homelessness

Charities are again calling for greater action from the government after the latest figures revealed the homelessness crisis has deepened further.

According to the Department of Housing, 8,374 people were in emergency accommodation at the end of September.

It means the number of homeless people in Ireland has risen by 104 since last month’s update.

The national figure includes 5,250 adults and 3,124 children – meaning the number of homeless children has risen by 76.

MEP calls for European investigation into "potential cartel activities" at Irish banks

The European Commission could become involved in the tracker mortgage scandal after an Irish MEP lodged a complaint with the Competition Commissioner.

Fine Gael's Brian Hayes made the submission to Commissioner Margrethe Vestager – who has the power to initiate a cartel investigation.

Up to 30,000 people have been shown to have been wrongly moved off tracker rates by 11 Irish banks.

Yesterday, the major lenders revealed the number of customers they've identified as having been impacted - and outlined their compensation & redress timelines.

Catalan leader rules out snap elections

Catalonia's leader has ruled out calling a snap election.

Catalan President Carles Puigdemont earlier caused confusion by cancelling an address in which he was expected to dissolve parliament and call a regional election in December.

He reportedly cancelled the speech following a seven-hour meeting with party colleagues last night.

The meeting was called to discuss the next move in the ongoing power struggle with Madrid.

Trump declares US opioid epidemic a national public health emergency

US President Donald Trump has declared the opioid epidemic in the United States a national public health emergency, calling it "the worst drug crisis in American history."

He said he will direct all executive agencies to use every appropriate emergency authority to fight the opioid crisis, which he described as a "worldwide problem."

The US uses more opioid pills per person than any other country in the world.

"We can be the generation that ends the opioid epidemic - we can do it," he said at a speech at the White House.”

UCD students head to the polls as SU president battles impeachment

The UCD Students' Union president has told students she is "willing, ready, and determined" to return to her job if they vote against her impeachment.

Since yesterday, students at the Dublin university have been voting in a referendum over Katie Ascough's presidency.

Photos from the campus today showed long queues of students waiting to cast their votes.