Morning top 5: New report into sectarian murder; rents rising and man in Wicklow court

The top stories this Thursday morning...

The Police Ombudsman in Northern Ireland is to publish a new report today into a sectarian murder which took place 22 years ago.

Six Catholic men were shot dead by Loyalist paramilitaries in Loughinisland, Co Down in June 1994.

The men were watching a World Cup football match in Heights Bar during the attack, which came to be known as the Loughinisland Massacre.


Rents around the country are continuing to rise despite the extension of a two-year cap placed on landlords last December.

However, the latest quarterly index from the Residential Tenancies Board shows that the rate of growth in the private sector is starting to slow down.

Nationally, private sector rents grew by 8.6% to March of this year - down from an annual rate of 9.2% in the final quarter of last year.


Israeli police say at least four people have died in a mass-shooting in the centre of Tel Aviv.

A number of others were injured in the attack.

Police say they have "neutralised" two people they've described as "terrorists".


A man in his 30s will appear in court this morning charged with assault causing harm to four children at a house in Co Wicklow on Friday evening.

The man was remanded in custody after appearing at a special sitting of Wicklow District Court on Saturday night.

Last Friday evening gardaí and emergency services were called to an incident at a house in the Blainroe area.

Four children were taken to hospital but were later released.


The Dáil is set to pass a motion calling for a taskforce to investigate the rising cost of insurance.

The motion has been tabled by Fianna Fáil and is not likely to be opposed by the government when a vote is called at lunchtime.

However Finance Minister Michael Noonan denies the government has been sitting idly by.