Morning top 5: Homeless figures continuing to rise; Oireachtas committee to publish 8th amendment report

Catch up with the top stories this Wednesday morning...

Homeless figures have risen to a record high of 8,800 people.

Among them are more than 3,333 children who accessed emergency accommodation last month.

The November figures from the Housing Department show an average increase of 4% compared to October.

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Rents are now 7% higher than their Celtic Tiger peak.

The latest report from the Residential Tenancies Board shows they've gone up 9.5% over the last year alone.

The average national rent now stands at €1,056 per month - up from €965 in 2016.

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The Oireachtas committee on the 8th amendment will present its final report today.

The report will recommend allowing abortion without restriction for up to 12 weeks into the pregnancy.

Not all the committee members agreed with the findings, and a minority report will also be issued by TDs Mattie McGrath and Peter Fitzpatrick, along with Senator Ronan Mullen, today.

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An investigation is underway in Cork after a man in his 40s was found dead yesterday.

His body was discovered in an apartment at Harbour Hill, Cobh at around 5pm.

Gardaí say the results of a post-mortem examination will determine the course of their investigation.

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Ryanair management has until noon tomorrow to recognise - in writing - the pilots' union for collective bargaining.

Impact and IALPA (Irish Air Line Pilots' Association) - who are representing pilots - say they were disappointed it did not happen at last night's meeting with management.

In a statement after the talks, the union reminded the airline that it could reinstate strike action "in the absence of a timely agreement".