Your Wednesday morning news round up

Irish students were “packed like sardines” on a balcony which collapsed in California, Dublin has moved up two places in the rankings of the most expensive locations for foreign workers, Donald Trump said he is a candidate for the Republican nomination in the 2016 US presidential election, and Chris Evans has been revealed as the new host of Top Gear. These are some of the latest and most read news stories on irishexaminer.com this morning.

Your Wednesday morning news round up

TOP STORY

Students 'packed like sardines' on balcony before tragic collapse

Irish students were “packed like sardines” on a balcony which collapsed in California, killing six of them and injuring seven others at a 21st-birthday party, an expert has said.

READ MORE

IRELAND

Dublin in top 50 most expensive cities for workers

Dublin has moved up two places in the rankings of the most expensive locations for foreign workers.

READ MORE

MOST READ: Berkeley balcony collapse: ‘Frozen in shock and disbelief’

Authorities have sealed off all the balconies in the apartment building where six students plunged to their death during a 21st birthday party.

READ MORE

SPORT

McIlroy not aiming for consistency at Open

World number one Rory McIlroy will gladly accept silverware over consistency as he looks to win a second US Open title at Chambers Bay this week.

READ MORE

MOST READ: Cork lack leaders and are ‘rudderless’ blasts Tomás Ó Sé

Tomás Ó Sé gives Cork little hope of turning over Kerry in the Munster final on July 5, and says the Rebels are more untrustworthy than Mayo.

READ MORE

WORLD

Donald Trump launches US presidency bid with jobs promise

Real estate mogul and TV personality Donald Trump said he is a candidate for the Republican nomination in the 2016 US presidential election.

READ MORE

MOST READ: Quirky World: When trillions don’t cover the bus fare home

ZIMBABWE: Harare resident Alice Mhandara spent a US dollar to take the bus into town to answer the government call to trade in her old Zimbabwe dollars, but she left the bank in disgust when her 90 trillion in old currency wouldn’t even cover the bus ticket home.

READ MORE

BUSINESS

IBEC claims minimum wage increase will 'cost jobs'

Employers group IBEC is claiming an increase in the minimum wage is not justified

READ MORE

MOST READ: Why oil price will this year surge to $80 a barrel from $64

The oil market is working: High-cost production is being retired and new projects are delayed or cancelled while demand is again surging.

READ MORE

VIEWPOINTS

GERARD HOWLIN: Labouring over election call — sometimes the trick is there is no trick

An early election would be a big risk for Fine Gael, but an even bigger one for Labour, writes Gerard Howlin

READ MORE

LIFESTYLE

Egg donations: Talking to your child about their origin

For many couples coping with infertility, egg donation is their only chance of having a family.

But how do you talk to your child about it and ensure they have a strong sense of identity? asks Helen O’Callaghan

READ MORE

EXAMVIRAL

POLL: Damian Lewis tipped to replace Daniel Craig as 007

In a rather unusual twist Damian Lewis has emerged as the front runner to become the next James Bond, replacing Daniel Craig who is rumoured to be standing down after the upcoming movie, Spectre.

READ MORE

MOST READ: VIDEO: Record breaker limbos underneath car

A world record holding limbo queen has become the first person to limbo under a car!

READ MORE

TECHNOW

Inherent Vice's Katherine Waterston joins Eddie Redmayne in Fantastic Beasts

J.K. Rowlings adaptation of her own book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them already picked up Eddie Redmayne for the leading role of Newt Scamander and there's more top casting news.

READ MORE

SHOWBIZ

Chris Evans to present Top Gear

Chris Evans has been revealed as the new host of Top Gear, replacing Jeremy Clarkson who was sacked earlier this year, the BBC said.

READ MORE

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

WATCH: That moment when you're singing an Ed Sheeran song and he joins in

Ed Sheeran was taking a stroll through the West Edmonton Mall in Alberta, Canada over the weekend, when he overheard 13-year-old Sydney Bourbeau singing his song 'Thinking Out Loud'.

READ MORE

DISCOVER MORE CONTENT LIKE THIS

More in this section