Evening top 5: Rent caps legislation hits stumbling block; IMNO to request round-table talks with Health Minister

The top stories on Newstalk.com this evening

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney has tonight moved to correct a major error in his legislation to impose rent caps.

The drafting error was exposed by Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil, would have seen the 4% cap in the Dublin and Cork pressure zones doubled to 8% at the end of the two year freeze.

Mr Coveney has now put forward an amendment to correct the error, but opposition TDs say he may have made it worse.

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The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) said it will immediately request round table talks with the Health Minister Simon Harris and Director General of the HSE.

Members voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action in their ongoing dispute over staff shortages, recruitment and working conditions.

Health Minister Simon Harris said that his Department and the HSE have been engaging with the union at the WRC - and continue to be available to meet them on an ongoing basis.

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Fifty thousand people remain trapped in eastern Aleppo, at the best guess of the United Nation's peace envoy to Syria.

Evacuations have been taking place all day, with buses taking civilians and rebels to other anti-government held areas, as part of a ceasefire deal between those forces and the government regime, backed by Russia.

US Secretary of State John Kerry said the truce seems to be holding, but blames President Assad for the deaths so far, calling it "nothing short of a massacre".

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Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has said Ireland will be firmly 'Team EU' during Brexit negotiations.

Mr Flanagan added that there can be no disruption to the stability and peace being experienced in Northern Ireland.

The European Commission's chief negotiator is working on the basis the UK would have to pay a Brexit settlement fee of 50 - 60 billion euros (£42bn-£50bn) for outstanding liabilities, Sky sources say.

A bill worth "tens of billions of euros" will be one of "the first things coming up" in the Brexit negotiation after Theresa May triggers Article 50, an EU government minister told Sky News. 

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A landmark study has found pilots are flying while dealing with suicidal thoughts.

This study found 12.6% of airline pilots surveyed meeting depression threshold and 4.1% of pilots reporting having suicidal thoughts.

Pilots diagnosed with acute depression are automatically deemed unfit to fly, but the research found many are scared to seek help, due to fear of damaging their careers.

The study followed the Germanwings air disaster in which the pilot deliberately crashed the plane, and had a history of mental health problems.