Morning top 5: Action plan for housing, Germany train attack and sunshine

The top stories this Tuesday morning...

Housing Minister Simon Coveney is to unveil the Government's new housing action plan this lunchtime.

There is speculation that the plan will include new protections for tenants - as well as a special fund to buy vacant homes currently owned by banks.

Latest figures suggest there are currently around 2,000 children in emergency accommodation in Ireland.


Four train passengers have been injured by a teenager wielding an axe and a knife in southern Germany.

Three of them are described as being seriously hurt, while 14 are being treated for shock.

The attacker appears to have been a 17-year-old refugee from Afghanistan, Bavaria's interior minister Joachim Herrmann has told German media.


The British Prime Minister Theresa May is preparing to hold the first meeting of her Cabinet this morning.

She has told her senior ministers that they have a responsibility to make leaving the EU work for everyone in the UK.

Meanwhile, the first legal challenge to the Brexit vote will be heard in London's High Court today.

Opponents claim the May doesn't have the right to authorise the signing of Article 50 - the EU get-out clause.


Having a DART or Luas station nearby increases the value of homes in Dublin by an average of 6% according to the findings of a new report.

The study carried out by also shows that rental prices are 2% higher in areas near DART and Luas stations.

The report's authors think it will be useful for people buying and selling property in the city.


Met Éireann says today is going to be the hottest day of the year so far.

Temperatures could soar to 30 degrees in places - with the west and midwest getting the warmest weather.

Get out and enjoy it while you can however, as the hot spell won't last much longer with temperatures returning to normal later this week.

Forecaster John Eagleton, says the current heatwave is due to a warm air mass that's moved across the country from southern Europe.