Morning top 5: Average rent rises to €1,006; Joan Burton expected to resign as Labour leader

The top stories this Tuesday morning...

The average cost of renting a home in Ireland now stands at over a thousand euro a month, according to Daft.

The property website has released its latest quarterly report, which has found the average rent is now €1,006 - it's the first time it's gone over a thouand since May 2008.

In Dublin, rental inflation since March of last year has gone up by 8.8% - while average rents are now 1.3% higher than at the peak in 2008.

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The Dáil's new housing committee will hear from legal experts on the homelessness crisis today.

The Master of the High Court and Human Rights experts are among those set to address the group.

The cross party committee has just over a month to produce a report on how the Government should tackle the issue.

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Joan Burton is expected to announce she is resigning as leader of the Labour Party today.

She is due to tell Labour's parliamentary party of her decision later.

It follows a disastrous general election result for the party.

It is understood that Brendan Howlin will put himself forward - but only if his election is uncontested.

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Gardaí are questioning two men in connection with the shooting dead of Eddie Hutch.

The taxi driver brother of Gerry the Monk Hutch, was murdered at his home on Poplar Row in Dublin's north inner city in February amid the ongoing Kinahan-Hutch gangland feud.

The shooting is believed to have been in retaliation for the killing of David Byrne at the Regency Hotel.

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A man has been shot dead in Belfast.

It is understood the victim, in his 50s, was shot in his car near Grosvenor Road in the west of the city at around 10.20pm last night.

He was rushed to hospital, but pronounced dead a short time later.