Your Monday evening catch-up

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

Your Monday evening catch-up

IRELAND

Government Ministers have insisted today that plans to provide a solution to spiralling rents are progressing. Labour’s Brendan Howlin says the Cabinet will come to a solution in the coming weeks. Fine Gael’s Finance Minister Michael Noonan, who has opposed plans to link rent increases to inflation, said that both he and Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly are still working together to strike a deal.

A €900,000 damages award made by a High Court jury against a newspaper which described a man as a drug dealer has today been overturned by the Court of Appeal on grounds of a "perverse" jury finding the man was not a drug dealer. The three-judge court unanimously overturned the 2008 award to Martin McDonagh.

A passenger has spoken of the “violent death” of a 24-year-old man on a flight from Portugal to Ireland. The dead man, believed to be Brazilian, suffered an apparent seizure and collapsed, forcing the Aer Lingus service from Lisbon to Dublin to divert to Cork Airport on Sunday evening.

The Court of Appeal has today adjourned sentencing a Cork man who was four times over the limit when he crashed his BMW into a roundabouut killing a woman and paralysing her friend in Skibbereen two-and-a-half years ago

WORLD

Roll up, roll up. Nature is putting on a show in the night’s sky and it’s only right we stay up late or get up early to watch. We’re talking about the Orionid meteor shower.

A police officer in the UK has been charged with seven counts of rape. Pc Michael Graham, 47, attached to Hounslow borough in London, was arrested at home earlier this month and has been suspended, Scotland Yard said.

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