Morning top 5: Bank to write-off mortgages for landlords; 'Mean' Brexit proposals; and Hurricane Irma

The top stories this Wednesday morning

One of Ireland's biggest banks is offering to write-off mortgages, but only for landlords.

Permanent TSB is allowing buy-to-let investors sell their properties and write-off any residual debts.

The Irish Independent claims it is the first mainstream bank to to offer debt forgiveness on a formal basis.

They say other banks are likely to follow, but only for those who genuinely cannot repay what they owe.


The British government is being accused of a "mean and cynical" immigration crackdown after draft plans to curb migration post-Brexit were leaked.

But ministers insist the 82-page document is not the finished product - and final details will be out in the coming months.

Under the proposals drawn up by UK Home Office officials, Britain will end Brussels' free movement of labour rules immediately after Brexit and introduce restrictions to deter all but highly-skilled EU workers.


Barack Obama has attacked Donald Trump over his decision to axe an amnesty on illegal immigrant children in the US.

The DACA scheme prevented so-called 'Dreamers' from being deported.

The former president has called the move 'wrong', 'self-defeating' and 'cruel'.

"We shouldn't threaten the future of this group of young people who are here through no fault of their own, who pose no threat, who are not taking away anything from the rest of us," he wrote on Facebook.


Simon Coveney says it is "unlikely" a mediator will be brought in to deal with the North's political crisis.

The foreign affairs minister spent yesterday meeting the main parties in Belfast.

He has warned them time is running out to reach a deal on restoring power sharing.


The strongest Atlantic hurricane in history is on its way to the Caribbean.

Authorities on the islands of Antigua and Barbuda have cut power and urged residents to shelter indoors from Hurricane Irma.

Tourists in Florida Keys are being ordered out of the area from sunrise in mandatory evacuations.

The category 5 storm has winds of 185mph.