Morning top 5: 1 in 5 now renting; TDs debate medicinal cannabis bill; and oil prices surge

The top stories on this morning

One in 5 people are now living in rental accommodation in Ireland.

The latest figures from the Residential Tenancies Board also show that prices are continuing to rise.

Rents went up by 8.6% between July and September, compared to the same time frame last year.


The Dáil is to debate a bill on medicinal cannabis today.

TD Gino Kelly's bill would allow doctors to prescribe the drug to those with a serious illness.

People Before Profit said sick people shouldn't be criminalised for using cannabis to relieve their symptoms.

Mr Kenny says regulation of the drug for medical purposes will help people, and will not lead to widespread use.


Oil prices surged by 10% this morning.

OPEC, the world's largest group of oil exporters, agreed to cut production by 1.2 million barrels a day from January.

It's the first time they've struck a deal to reduce output in eight years.

OPEC nations currently produce 33.7 million barrels of oil per day, total. The price per barrel now stands at up to $51 per barrel.


In the UK, calls to a hotline on sexual abuse in football have more than tripled the amount made in the first days of the Savile scandal.

The NSPCC said the service, established in co-operation with the Football Association on 23 November, has dealt with an "unprecedented" 860 calls.

In the first three days 60 calls were referred to police, eclipsing the figure at the same stage of the 2012 inquiry into abuse by Jimmy Savile.

The line was established after former Crewe Alexandra player Andy Woodward revealed he had been abused, and a series of former players also waived their anonymity to speak publicly about their experiences of sexual assault in youth football.


People are being encouraged to get tested for HIV as part of World AIDS Day.

Currently, there are 36.7 million people living with HIV globally.

Expert groups say HIV and AIDs remain a serious health issue around the globe, with more than 5,700 newly infected each day in 2015.