Morning top 5: Trump security adviser resigns; rising rents; and Maurice McCabe inquiry

The top stories this Tuesday morning...

The Taoiseach Enda Kenny will meet Fianna Fail leader Micheál Martin to discuss the option of a full public inquiry into allegations of a smear campaign against Sergeant Maurice McCabe.

There's growing pressure on the government to scrap the planned Commission of Investigation into the affair, after Sergeant McCabe said he was opposed to it taking evidence in private.

The cabinet will also discuss the matter this morning, with tensions running high between Fine Gael and their Independent Alliance partners.


National security adviser Michael Flynn has resigned after claims he misled the Trump administration over his talks with Russia.

In his resignation letter, he admitted he had "inadvertently briefed the vice president-elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian ambassador".

Mr Flynn said he had "sincerely apologized to the President and the Vice President, and they have accepted my apology".

It comes amid claims he had discussed sanctions with Moscow's US envoy before Mr Trump was in power - and before he had officially taken up his own role.


Rents are rising at the fastest rate on record.

The latest quarterly report by shows rents rose nationwide by an average of 13.5 per cent last year.

Communications manager for, Martin Clancy said it's the largest annual increase in rents they've seen since they began monitoring the situation back in 2002.

Meanwhile, The Simon Communities said the figures are "extremely worrying", with spokesperson Niamh Randall adding that spiralling rents and dwindling supply are preventing people from finding and sustaining affordable homes within the market.


Workers at eight Tesco stores are going on strike in a row over contracts for some long-standing staff.

Tesco is calling on workers to accept a Labour Court recommendation – and says all stores will remain open during the strike.

A further eight stores will join the picket on Friday.


The UN Security Council condemned North Korea's weekend missile launch, urging members to "redouble efforts" to enforce sanctions against the reclusive state.

Pyongyang's test of the intermediate-range ballistic missile on Sunday was its first direct challenge to the international community since US President Donald Trump took office on January 20th.

At a news conference on Monday, Trump said: "Obviously North Korea is a big, big problem and we will deal with that very strongly."

Trump did not speak of any planned response but Washington's UN ambassador Nikki Haley said in a statement: "It is time to hold North Korea accountable – not with our words, but with our actions."