Morning top 5: Rents continue to soar; Cabinet to consider public pay report

The top stories this Tuesday morning...

The average monthly rent now stands at over €1,100 - that's up €134 a month in the last year.

Daft.ie's latest report warns prices in Dublin are now 66% higher than at their lowest point in 2011, while outside the capital they're up 41%.

The report also warns that prices are soaring as supply plummets.

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The Cabinet is expected to discuss the report of the Public Service Pay Commission this morning.

Minister Paschal Donohoe is expected to publish the document this afternoon.

The report will be central to planned pay talks for a successor to the Lansdowne Road Agreement.

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Ruth Coppinger and Brid Smith could be ejected from the Dáil later if they refuse to stand for the morning prayer.

New rules take effect today forcing TDs to stand whether praying or not.

Those who do not comply face disciplinary action - including losing a day's pay.

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The Garda decision not to prosecute Stephen Fry for blasphemy has been criticised by Atheist Ireland.

Chairman Michael Nugent says it creates an incentive for people to demonstrate outrage, when they see or hear something they believe is blasphemous.

The Irish Times reports that a probe into comments made by actor Stephen Fry was dropped because of insufficient outrage.

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Independent Alliance ministers say they will raise how Ireland voted on Saudi Arabia's place on a UN women's rights commission at Cabinet this morning.

They have insisted that how Ireland voted should be made public.

No Fine Gael minister has backed their position, and the Foreign Affairs Minister has indicated he will not change his stance on keeping Ireland's vote secret.