Evening top 5: Rent cap may be scrapped; leaving a nursing home; and Shannon growth

The top stories this Wednesday night

Government will scrap rent caps proposal if Fianna Fáil does not agree

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said the Government will scrap its proposal for rent caps, if Fianna Fáil does not agree to its proposals.

He has told a meeting of Fine Gael TDs that the proposed 4% cap on annual increases will not be adjusted.

Fianna Fáil has tabled a Dáil amendment which could see a vote tomorrow on whether to lower the cap to 2%.

But at the private meeting tonight, Mr Kenny has refused to consider lowering the cap.

He says the plan will be withdrawn unless the 4% cap is accepted.

"I'm getting on absolutely fabulous" - One woman's experience of leaving a nursing home

The ‘Assisted Decision Making Act’ was passed on December 17th, 2015.

The legislation was initially established to ensure the rights of older people to an independent life.

However, according to the Sage advocacy group for older people, the new Act is ‘sitting on the shelf gathering dust’ as it has still not commenced.

Man flu might be real, as study reveals viruses have a greater impact on men

Men, who have long been maligned for their self-indulgence of symptoms for sympathy when undergoing a bout of ill health, can feel some relief that new research suggests that the so-called ‘man flu’ may have some scientific merit.

A study into the evolution of viruses suggests that they might cause weaker symptoms in women than men, though it is mostly because the virus sees the male of the species are largely dispensable.

Is Kenneth Egan buying the hype as Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko prepare for battle?

Kenneth Egan believes April's heavyweight boxing contest against Anthony Joshua at Wembley will be a "fight too much" for Wladimir Klitschko.

The bout between the British and Ukrainian fighters with the WBA (Super), IBF and IBO titles on the line has been much hyped but 2008 Olympic silver medalist Egan sees it as a battle between a Klitschko "past his best" and a Joshua who has not been fully tested thus far in an unbeaten career.

Shannon Airport expects bumper Christmas as numbers grow

Shannon Airport say Christmas is set to get even better with passenger numbers over the festive season to increase by 5% on last year.

Over 70,000 passengers are expected to use the airport from this weekend through to the New Year.

That is up from 66,500 last year.