Morning top 5: Dublin Bus strike; man due in Spanish court over Gary Hutch murder

The headlines this Thursday morning...

Up to 400,000 commuters across the capital are facing travel chaos as Dublin Bus drivers hold a third day of strike action. 

The workers are seeking a 15% wage increase over three years, as well as a payment in lieu of an agreed 6% hike that was deferred in 2009.

No Dublin Bus routes, sightseeing tours or Airlink services will operate today or tomorrow, while Nitelink buses will not run on either Friday or Saturday morning. 

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An Irish man arrested in connection with the murder of Gary Hutch is due before the courts in Spain.

The Dubliner was detained in a joint European crackdown on organised crime between the two countries yesterday.

Cash, documents and a yacht have been seized as part of the operation.

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The cost of renting a home has increased by nearly 10% across the country, according to new data. 

The Residential Tenancies Board said Dublin rents are now at their highest ever level - 3.9% higher than boom times.

The average rent for a house was €929 in the second quarter of the year, while the price of renting an apartment was €1,014.

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The ceasefire in Syria has been extended by another 48 hours, the US State Department has said.

The decision, made by US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, comes two days after the start of the truce.

The extension of the truce gives humanitarian agencies more time to access war-torn cities across Syria. 

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The funeral will take place this morning of Irish Coast Guard member Caitriona Lucas, who died during a search operation in Clare on Monday.

The 41-year-old librarian, who had two children, was the first Coast Guard volunteer to die on duty.

Funeral mass will take place at Liscannor Church at 11am, with burial afterwards at Kilmacreehy cemetery.