Morning top 5: Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil at odds over rent proposals; Aleppo ceasefire 'back on track'

The top stories this Thursday morning...

Plans for a cap on rent increases could be scrapped this afternoon - just two days after being published.

Fine Gael is set to abandon the idea unless Fianna Fáil agrees to set the cap at 4%.

Fianna Fáil says 4% is too high, and has arranged a Dáil vote for this afternoon on lowering it to 2%.


Fresh evacuations are underway in Syria after the ceasefire was declared back on track.

The truce, brokered by Russia and Turkey, stalled yesterday when air strikes, gunfire and shelling broke out.

The aim is to allow rebels and thousands of civilians to evacuate from the last opposition-held area of eastern Aleppo.


EU leaders are meeting in Brussels today for the final summit of the year.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny will join his counterparts to discuss a range of issues affecting the future of Europe.

The 27 other leaders will also meet without Theresa May to thrash out their plans for handling Brexit talks.


Yahoo! says more than a billion user accounts may have had data stolen in a cyber attack in 2013.

The firm says names, numbers and passwords were stolen, but no bank details.

It is an even bigger hack than the 2014 one which was revealed in September.


There could be a legal clampdown on rickshaws early in the New Year - even though the Government opposes it.

The Dáil last night voted to give transport regulators the power to set new traffic laws for the human-powered vehicles.

Fine Gael had tried to block opposition parties from including rickshaws in a new bill.