Morning top 5: Women killed at the hands of a partner; first-time buyer homes; and Black Friday

The top stories this Friday morning...

A quarter of women killed in Ireland die at the hands of a former partner.

A report by Women's Aid released today reveals 209 women have died violently since 1996.

The majority were killed by someone they have or had an intimate relationship with.

The charity is aiming to show to how dangerous domestic violence can be and how it can escalate.

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A quarter of properties that qualify for the first-time buyers scheme are in the Dublin area.

A new report from Daft.ie reveals there are just over 2,500 homes around the country that qualify.

Dublin commuter counties Kildare and Meath have the next greatest proportion of eligible houses - with Cork and Kerry rounding out the top five.

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The Taoiseach Enda Kenny will attend the British Irish Council Summit in Wales later.

The meeting in Cardiff is expected to focus on Brexit and the future of Anglo-Irish relations.

Leaders from Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales will all be present.

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Mandatory retirement is simply age discrimination, according to Age Action.

The charity for older people also says that many people of retirement age would much rather continue working.

A bill to abolish mandatory retirement drew all-party support in the Oireachtas last year, but has stalled since the general election.

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Over €100m is expected to be spent by Irish people today, as part of Black Friday sales.

The initiative - which originated in the United States - marks the start of the Christmas shopping season for Irish retailers.

Many retail outlets are now running promotions over a few days, as opposed to the original one day initiative.

Retailers are also preparing their online platforms for the pre-Christmas surge which will come on Cyber Monday - which this years falls on Monday, November 28th.