Morning top 5: America decides who will take the White House today; Secondary schools across the country remain closed

The top stories this morning on Newstalk.com

 

Today America will decide who is to replace Barack Obama as the country’s president.

Voters across the country will finally choose between Republican candidate Donald Trump and his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton - bringing one of the most divisive campaigns in history to an end.

The final day of campaigning saw Clinton at a huge rally in swing state Pennsylvania, where she was joined by President Obama and rock stars, Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi.

Later in North Carolina, Lady Gaga voiced her support by calling the former Secretary of State "unstoppable" and "made of steel."

Trump finished out his bid for the White House on whistle-stop tour of the states most likely to decide the election - and repeated his message that the presidential vote is "rigged" and allegations that his rival is "corrupt" and a “phony.”

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Rental prices across the country have hit an all time high according to a new report.

The latest Daft.ie rental report has recorded the largest annual increase in prices since the website began the report nearly 15 years ago.

Ireland’s average rent is now €1,077 - an increase of 11.7% on this time last year and a new all-time high.

In Dublin, rents have risen at a rate of 12.1% - the highest rate of inflation in over two years.

Rents in the capital are now nearly 10% higher than their previous peak in early 2008.

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Three out of four of the country's secondary schools will be closed today as teachers go on strike.

Today’s action is in relation to equal pay for equal work and pay for newly qualified teachers.

However, schools will also be closed tomorrow - and indefinitely - for health and safety reasons as teachers continue to refuse to carry out supervision and substitution duties.

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Meanwhile, the Cabinet will meet this morning to discuss the proposed pay deal for Gardaí.

The ministers are unlikely to reject the Labour Court ruling - but there could be disagreement over where the extra money will come from.

Around €50m will be needed to fund the deal and it is likely Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald will be told the extra cash needs to come from her existing budget.

Members of the Garda Representative Association (GRA) have yet to officially accept the deal - with a ballot result not due back until the end of November.

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Irish Water has published proposals for a new water supply for the midlands and east.

The preferred option would involve water being collected from Parteen Basin in Co. Tipperary and treated at Birdhill, before being piped to Peamount in Dublin.

The water is to be supplied to 40 per cent of the country's population.