Morning top 5: North Korea plans more launches; Texas death toll; and rent complaints soar

The top stories this Wednesday morning

North Korean state media says the country's leader wants to launch more missiles into the Pacific - a day after a rocket flew over Japan.

The UN Security Council says it is of vital importance that Pyongyang takes immediate action to reduce tensions.

The council has strongly condemned the launch.

Following the launch US President Donald Trump said "all options are on the table".


At least 18 people are now thought to have died following a catastrophic storm and flooding in Texas.

More than 4,300 people in Houston alone have been rescued by the US Coast Guard since Sunday.

The heaviest tropical downpour in US history has left an area 15 times the size of Manhattan under water, according to the Houston Chronicle newspaper.

A curfew was also introduced by Houston's mayor, amid reports of looting, armed robberies and people impersonating police officers.


Complaints about rent hikes have gone up 160%.

Since the introduction of rent pressure zones last Christmas, the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) says they have been inundated with calls at around 1,000 a day.

The new rules are supposed to limit landlords to a 4%annual rent increase in areas where the prices have been soaring.

But the latest stats show disputes over rents have more than trebled, with three-quarters of all cases decided in favour of the tenants.


Some €2m is to be given to businesses and organisations affected by recent flooding in Donegal.

The Minister with Responsibility for Defence Paul Kehoe says the emergency humanitarian assistance will be provided to those who were unable to secure flood insurance.

A similar measure was introduced as a result of Storm Desmond, which struck in 2015/2016.


A hotel room in Dublin will now set you back an average of €128 a night - higher than Celtic Tiger levels.

A report, from chartered accountants Crowe Horwath, says the national average price last year was €104 - up by €12 on the previous year.

It says increasing visitor numbers and a rise in corporate business are among the reasons for high occupancy rates and rising prices.