Morning top 5: Proposals to introduce rent controls in 'pressure zones'; Concern over reports of atrocities in Aleppo

The top stories this Tuesday morning

The Minister for Housing is to bring proposals to cabinet this morning which would result in limits on how much landlords can increase rents in certain 'pressure zones' around the country.

The plans are expected to include rent caps in Cork and Dublin.

Landlords will only be able to increase payments by up to 4% a year; over the next three years.

The Residential Tenancies Board will be responsible for deciding which areas qualify for caps.

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The outgoing UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon has voiced his alarm at reports of atrocities against civilians in Aleppo.

The four year battle for the Syrian city appears to be nearing an end with government forces taking control.

As government forces edge closer to declaring victory, a monitoring group says 60 people have been killed in rebel-held parts of the city.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says they died as forces stormed several areas.

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The number of refugees resettled in Ireland doubled between 2015 and 2016 according to a new report.

The study from the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) has found that while Ireland has a well-established resettlement programme for refugees – the numbers taken in are still low.

However, Ireland is ahead of schedule on the figure agreed to under the current EU programme.

The country pledged to taken in 520 people and as of November - 98 per cent have been resettled, with the majority are from Syria.

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Two people die from drug-related causes in Ireland every day according to new figures.

The Health Research Board is issuing a report today which shows Ireland still has one of the highest drug mortality rates across the European Union.

Drug services group Merchants Quay is calling for urgent action to be taken as new figures show 697 people died of drug-related deaths in 2014 - an average of two each day.

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A group of TDs and Senators will begin the process of deciding the future of water charges today.

The special Oireachtas committee has to come up with a final recommendation to bring before the Dáil and the Seanad.

An expert group has suggested that most households would not have to pay - and that only wasteful homes would face bills of some sort.