Evening top 5: Central Bank loosens restrictions on first-time buyers; man found guilty of murdering Jo Cox

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Central Bank drops €220k mortgage cap on first-time buyers with 10% deposit

The Central Bank has announced a significant change to its mortgage measures, which will mean that first-time buyers will now be able to borrow up to 90% of the value of their home, with a 10% minimum deposit. 

This higher ceiling on the loan-to-value (LTV) ratio for all first-time buyers is a shift from the current requirement, which puts the ceiling at 90% for loans up to €220,000 but at 80% for the balance of loans above €220,000.

NAMA owned hotel has become a dangerous heroin squat

The sister of a man who died of drug overdose in an abandoned hotel is demanding action be taken to prevent the same thing happening again. 

In May this year, Christopher Channon was found dead inside the derelict Clonmel Arms Hotel in Tipperary. 

The NAMA owned property has been falling into disrepair for nearly a decade - and Christopher's sister, Annemarie Channon said he had been squatting there - on and off - for a year. 

US Green Party candidate Jill Stein launches campaign calling for recounts in three states

Jill Stein - the Green Party candidate in the recent US election campaign - has launched a crowdfunding campaign to fund recounts in a number of states.

The Stein campaign is calling for recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania - all key battleground states in which President-elect Donald Trump is estimated to have won by less than 1% (the final official tallies have yet to be declared in a majority of states).

Thomas Mair found guilty of murdering British MP Jo Cox

File photo of British Labour MP Jo Cox | Image: Yui Mok PA Wire/PA Images

A white supremacist has been told he will serve the whole of his life in jail for murdering British MP Jo Cox.

Thomas Mair attacked the 41-year-old mother-of-two as she arrived for her weekly surgery, shooting and stabbing her after shouting "Britain first".

Minister prepared to challenge Europe to let private broadcasters receive licence fee

The Communications Minister says he is prepared to go to the European Commission to have the law changed to allow part of the licence fee be used to fund private broadcasters.

It would support their commitments to public sector broadcasting.

Denis Naughten says he doesn't believe there should be legal barriers to the use of the fee - despite internal advice from his Department.