Morning top 5: House prices rise again; Trump's travel ban; and same-sex marriage for Germany

The top stories this Friday morning...

House prices nationally have risen by more than €2,000 a month over the last year, according to a new study.

The latest report from property website shows the average asking price is now €240,000 - over 11% higher than 2016.

While Focus Ireland say rents nationwide have now reached an all-time record of an average of €1,131, 10% higher than 2008 rents.


A watered down version of Donald Trump's travel ban has come into effect overnight.

The new rules mean that people from six mainly Muslim countries will find it harder to get into the US.

Those without close family or business ties in America could be denied visas.


Same-sex marriage is set to become legal in Germany today.

It comes after Chancellor Angela Merkel withdrew her objections to the measure earlier this week.

If the bill makes it through the Bundestag it will see Germany join many western democracies, including Ireland, in allowing same sex couples the same legal rights as straight couples.


A 21-year-old woman has been detained at Heathrow Airport in London on suspicion of preparing acts of terrorism.

The woman was arrested off a flight from Istanbul.

Officers say the arrest is Syria-related and that searches have been carried out at two addresses in the north London.


Gardaí have confirmed a one-year-old baby has died in a farm accident in Kilkenny.

It happened shortly after 3.00pm yesterday afternoon at a farm in Johnswell.

The HSA has launched an investigation into the tragedy, which brings to 15 the number of people killed on Irish farms this year.


Two bankers jailed for their parts in a conspiracy to defraud the public about Anglo Irish Bank's health will find out this morning if they have won their appeals.

Irish Life & Permanent's former CEO Denis Casey and former Anglo executive John Bowe have spent almost a year behind bars.

The trial of Casey, Bowe and another banking executive - Willie McAteer, former finance director at Anglo Irish Bank - was the longest criminal trial in the history of the State, until the record was broken last month by Anglo’s former CEO Sean Fitzpatrick.