Morning top 5: Cork investigation upgraded to murder; Saudi ends driving ban on women; New scheme aims to keep families in homes

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Gardaí investigating the death of a man in West Cork have upgraded the case to murder.

The body of 51-year-old John Ustick was discovered by his partner on Monday morning at the house they were renting on High Street in Skibbereen.

Initially Gardaí weren't ruling out the possibility that he'd died due to a fall, as there was no sign of a forced entry at the house.

But the results of a post mortem carried out yesterday concluded that he died as a result of an assault.


Families who have fallen behind on their mortgages could soon be allowed to stay in their own homes, as renters.

AIB has agreed to sell hundreds of homes in arrears to a group fronted by the mortgage campaigner David Hall.

iCare Housing will then rent the properties out to the families that previously owned them.

The Irish Independent reports that the scheme, which has Government backing, has funding of up to €100m.


The US has slapped a huge import tariff on Bombardier aircraft - putting thousands of jobs at risk.

American rival Boeing claims the company's been getting illegal state subsidies from the UK and Canada - and selling jets at less than what it costs to make them.

Four-thousand people are employed at its site in Belfast.

British Secretary for the North James Brokenshire says Theresa May is taking the issue very seriously.


The Department for Justice is being asked to ban a website that rates escorts.

Escort Ireland allows users review the women they've rented through the site.

The website contains dozens of reviews such as "knows how to treat a man" and "performed professionally."

Over 6,000 people have signed a petition asking Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan to take the site offline and ban ones like it.


Saudi Arabia's announced it is ending its ban on women drivers.

The Kingdom is the last country on Earth to have the prohibition.

One women's rights activist, Madeha Al Ajroush, has hailed the decision as a great first step.

She says the fight has been symbolic as well as practical for women in Saudi Arabia.