Morning top 5: Paris shooting, Orlando vigils and new plan to tackle housing crisis

The headlines this Tuesday morning...

A man who swore allegiance to the Islamic State terror group has murdered a French policeman outside his home in Paris.

Witnesses told investigators the man may have shouted "Allahu Akbar" as he stabbed the policeman in the suburb of Magnanville last night.

The attacker then held the 42-year-old policeman's wife and the couple's three-year-old son hostage inside the home. Officers discovered the woman's body inside after storming the house.


Barack Obama will travel to Orlando on Thursday to pay his respects to the families of the victims of Sunday's gun attack.

People across the world, including here in Ireland, last night held vigils for the 49 people killed in the gay nightclub massacre.

Mr Obama yesterday said shooter Omar Mateen was a "home-grown extremist" who appeared to have been inspired by extremist information obtained over the internet.


The Cabinet is expected to agree to a new scheme to encourage home building later today. 

The Irish Times reports that the package will help local authorities build new infrastructure to promote land development.

The move will allow builders to escape at least some of the costs of building local access roads to their sites.


Sinn Féin is putting forward legislation in the Dáil tonight to link rent increases to the rate of inflation.

However, the bill is likely to be struck down in a vote on Thursday, after Fianna Fáil described it as "gutter stuff".

The move comes after figures released last month showed the average monthly rent nationwide has exceeded €1,000 for the first time since 2008.


Over 80% of local authorities have banned smoking from children's playgrounds, according to a new report.

The Institute of Public Health study found that 26 of the country's 31 city and county councils have introduced smoke-free playgrounds.

The research also highlighted that one in five youths between the ages of 10 and 17 were exposed to second-hand smoke in family cars before a ban on the practice came into effect this year.