Your Tuesday evening catch-up

Here’s a briefing on some of the stories and issues highlighted on today.

Your Tuesday evening catch-up

Uncertainty continues to dog political talks aimed at saving power-sharing in the North after a British Government statement failed to prompt unionists to sign up to negotiations. The Democratic Unionists and Ulster Unionists want to see action taken against paramilitarism before they enter into cross-party, round-table discussions to resolve the crisis created by an IRA-linked murder.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny says he would be happy to debate with the leaders of the Opposition in the run-up to the next General Election. Fianna Fáil leader Micháel Martin has challenged the Taoiseach to a debate following reports that Fine Gael want to keep Mr Kenny out of the media during the campaign.

The homeless charity Peter McVerry Trust has called for emergency powers for local authorities to get modular housing in place by next summer. The charity has thrown its weight behind the proposals which are currently before Dublin councillors to tackle the housing crisis.

The Public Expenditure minister Brendan Howlin has said property taxes are going to increase "organically over time". Mr Howlin said the tax reliefs in next month’s Budget will focus more on workers rather than homeowners.

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