Morning top 5: Central Bank mortgage review; AGSI vote; and Black Friday warning

The top stories this Wednesday morning

The Central Bank is due to publish a review of its mortgage lending rules later today.

Regulations around how much banks can lend in relation to people's income and deposit levels were brought in at the beginning of last year.

In the cases of first time buyers, mortgages of up to 80% can only be taken out on properties worth over €220.


The AGSI will begin voting today on the Labour Court proposals that averted their strike action earlier this month.

Over 2,000 mid-ranking officers can vote in the ballot.

The Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors is recommending acceptance of the deal, and a result is expected early next month.


The Green Party is calling for microbeads to be banned from cosmetics in Ireland.

The party says products containing the beads, which are found in some exfoliators and toothpastes, should not be allowed to be sold in the country.

It is bringing a bill on the issue to the Seanad today.

The Government says it will oppose their legislation, but insists it is committed to a ban on microbeads.


The European Consumer Centre is advising shoppers to read up on their purchasing Rights ahead of Black Friday and Cyber Monday this weekend.

€130m was spent on shopping in Ireland during Black Friday in 2015.

That figure is expected to rise significantly this weekend due to the weakness in sterling.


Some of the biggest names in sport and entertainment have been honoured by US President Barack Obama with the Medal of Freedom.

The star-studded list included Robert De Niro, Robert Redford, Diana Ross, Tom Hanks, Michael Jordan and Bruce Springsteen.

Mr Obama became emotional as he paid tribute to entertainer and LGBT activist Ellen de Generes.