Morning top 5: Pat Hickey confusion; rents reach new high; and Ryan Lochte's losses

The top stories this Tuesday morning...

It is unclear whether Pat Hickey will appear in court in Rio later today.

The president of the Olympic Council of Ireland is facing charges relating to ticket touting at this year's games.

Mr Hickey has his passport confiscated and is currently being held at Bangu prison following his arrest last week.

The Irish Independent claims that Mr Hickey has a second passport that is with his lawyers - however the Department of Foreign Affairs claims there could be a number of reasons for the second ID.


Rents nationwide have reached their highest ever levels.

The latest report from property website shows that the average monthly rent has risen to €1,037.

Rents in Dublin are now 5% higher than the previous peak seen in early 2008.

Cork city saw the biggest increase - up 18% in 12 months.


A submachine gun and cocaine have been seized in an organised crime crackdown in Dublin.

Officers investigating the Kinanhan Hutch gang feud found the haul in an apartment in Castleknock yesterday.

The drugs had a reported street value of almost €500,000.

One man in his 30s has been arrested.


Swimwear company Speedo - and three other firms - are ending their deals with US athlete Ryan Lochte after his behaviour at the Olympics.

The gold medalist admitted exaggerating a story about being robbed at gunpoint in Rio.

A matress company, a hair removal business and fashion house Ralph Lauren are also ending their endorsement of the swimmer.


Rose of Tralee organisers say there is enough security at the event after a protestor invaded the stage last night.

The man was dressed as a priest and interrupted the Cavan Rose.

He was from the British-based 'Fathers for Justice' group.