Morning top 5: ESRI warns on housing and Justice Adrian Hardiman will be laid to rest

The top stories this morning...


The 32nd Dáil will meet for the first time this morning.

However, business is likely to be adjourned for up to a month because no Taoiseach will be elected today.

The Dáil's first order of business will be to attend to the election of a Ceann Comhairle.



The Economic Social and Research Institute (ESRI) is recommending the introduction of a vacant land tax, to free up more sites for building.

The ESRI says not enough homes are being built in areas of key demand, like Dublin.

In recent years, an average of 2,500 new homes were built in the capital - 15,000 are needed.



The High Court will be told this afternoon that the HSE has settled a medical negligence case with the widower of Savita Halappanavar.

Praveen Halappanavar legal action related to the care she received in the lead up to her death at University Hospital Galway in October 2012.

The amount of the settlement has not been disclosed.



Two gunmen have ambushed a backyard party near the northern US city of Pittsburgh - killing at least five people and wounding several others.

Those responsible fled the scene, and are still at large.

The attack is the latest in a series of mass shootings that have elevated gun control as an issue in the US Presidential election.




The funeral of Supreme Court Justice Adrian Hardiman will take place in Dublin this morning.

Justice Hardiman (64), who was appointed to the bench directly from the Bar in 2000, died at his home this week.

He is survived by his wife Judge Yvonne Murphy and their three sons.