Morning top 5: Housing supply could be cut; Sinn Féin reject BBC allegations; and Brad Pitt responds

The top stories this Wednesday morning

New mortgage lending rules could cut our housing supply by up to 5% over the next four years.

The ESRI think tank says restrictions for first time buyers have caused a dip in the number of mortgages being taken out, and are about to have a knock-on affect on the whole housing industry.

It predicts house prices and construction profits will go down, which means fewer homes are built.


Sinn Féin has rejected claims that Gerry Adams ordered the murder of an IRA spy.

BBC's Spotlight programme last night suggested that Mr Adams gave the go-ahead to kill IRA informer Denis Donaldson in 2006, because Republican Thomas 'Slab' Murphy wanted him dead.

The claims were made by a man known only as 'Martin', who says he worked for the RUC as a mole inside the IRA since 1997.


Three small children who suffered burn injuries in an explosion at their West Cork home are being treated in hospital this morning.

The 5 month-old twin babies and an 18 month old toddler were airlifted to Cork University Hospital last night.

The children received burns to their bodies when a petrol canister exploded at their home in Drinagh.


Day two of the National Ploughing Championships gets underway in Offaly this morning.

Yesterday saw a record 100,000 people attend the event in Screggan, Tullamore.

Similar numbers are expected again today with a number of cabinet ministers and opposition leaders making the trip.


Actor Brad Pitt has said he is "very saddened" after his wife Angelina Jolie filed for divorce after 12 years together.

Robert Offer, Jolie's lawyer, said in a statement that the decision had been made "for the health of the family".

He added: "She will not be commenting and asks that the family be given privacy at this time."

Jolie, 41, cited irreconcilable differences with Pitt, listing their date of separation as September 15th.