Morning top 5: Irish paying more income tax; Syria convoy hit; and Ploughing Championships

The top stories this Tuesday morning

Irish middle income workers are paying more income tax than those in Britain, Spain, Sweden, the US and Switzerland.

A new report from the Irish Tax Institute reveals the 'squeezed middle' has been hit with hikes in the last nine budgets in a row.

Workers here earning €55,000 a year are now paying on average €800 more than our UK neighbours.

The 50-page report claims that it is income tax, rather than the USC, which is putting pressure on middle income families.


The UN is warning that air strikes on an aid convoy near Aleppo in Syria, may amount to a war crime.

The attack came just hours after the government there declared a ceasefire was over.

The Red Cross says the bombing killed more than 12 people.


A suspect wanted over the US bombings at the weekend, which injured 29 people, has been charged with five counts of attempted murder.

28-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahami was detained after a shootout with police in New jersey yesterday.

The fact that the suspect is an Afghan immigrant was seized upon by Donald Trump.


A new report by shows that being close to a secondary school can add as much as €5,000 to the price of your house.

According to the property website on average, house buyers pay a 2.5% premium to live near a second-level school.

While proximity to secondary schools that have a good track-record of college progression, adds an average of 4.3% to house prices.


As many as 300,000 people are expected at the National Ploughing Championships which start this morning.

The event in Tullamore Co Offaly is the largest outdoor festival in Europe.

It is the 85th year of the Ploughing Championships.