Morning top 5: Error in rental cap legislation; no bilateral deal for Ireland; and promissory note judgement

The top stories this Friday morning

The Dáil will today try and pass legislation to put rent certainty in place before the New Year.

Last night an error was noticed that would have resulted in rises of 8% in the pressure zones of Dublin and Cork - rather than the 4% intended.

The Housing Minister Simon Coveney moved an amendment to ensure the issue was fixed.

He said he would double check the bill overnight.


Enda Kenny has ruled out looking for a side deal with the UK before the Brexit talks begin.

The Taoiseach says Ireland has to act hand-in-hand with the other 26 countries who will be staying within the union.

The UK House of Lords has suggested a bilateral deal with Ireland would be the best way to guarantee the future of Northern Ireland and the border.

But leaving a summit of EU leaders in Brussels last night, Mr Kenny ruled out the idea.


It is feared strike action by nurses could close hospital beds.

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action yesterday in their ongoing dispute over pay and conditions.

General-secretary of the union Liam Doran says more needs to be done to keep nurses here.


President Obama has promised to take action against Russia for alleged interfering in the US election to rig the outcome for Donald Trump.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest claims there is strong evidence from intelligence agencies to suggest Vladimir Putin personally supervised cyber attacks.

In October, the US government formally accused Russia of cyberattacks.

President Obama last week ordered a review by intelligence agencies, set to be completed before he leaves office on January 20th.


The Supreme Court is due to deliver judgment today in Joan Collins' appeal over the High Court's rejection of her challenge to the promissory notes.

The Independent TD claims the issuing of the controversial IOUs to bail out Anglo Irish Bank and other financial institutions was unconstitutional.

The €31bn promissory notes were issued to allow Anglo Irish Bank and other financial institutions to get emergency funding from the Central Bank.