Morning briefing: Coveney plans move to limit rent hikes across Dublin and Cork. Catch up on all the headlines

Here’s a briefing on some of the stories and issues highlighted on today.
Morning briefing: Coveney plans move to limit rent hikes across Dublin and Cork. Catch up on all the headlines


All rent prices in Cork and Dublin will be effectively frozen  for the next three years as part of drastic new ‘rent pressure zone’ emergency measures aimed at tackling the surging rental market.

A huge river barrier-type structure will be built  west of Cork City  to control the flow of flood water into the south channel of the river Lee.

Gardaí plan to drive ahead with plans to secure full trade union recognition  and the right to withdraw labour after a report said officers should be penalised for conducting any industrial action.

The Government has been urged to get tough on the insurance industry amid concerns that the most expensive flood defence project  in the history of the State may not be enough to restore flood cover to thousands of affected homes and business.

In what is a great day for the Irish, actors Colin Farrell, Ruth Negga, and Caitriona Balfe, as well as Irish film Sing Street  have been nominated for Golden Globe awards.


The failure of the United States and its Western allies to offer vital aid amid the break-up of the Soviet Union 25 years ago was short-sighted gloating at the Cold War rival's demise and wasted the chance  to build a safer world, the bloc's former supremo Mikhail Gorbachev has said.

US presidential election recount efforts have  come to an end in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin,  with both states certifying Donald Trump as the winner in contests that helped put him over the top in the Electoral College stakes.

A senior physics student has created an affordable prosthetic hand  using a 3D printer that can write,  grip and even catch a ball.


The announcement by Minister for Sport Patrick O’Donovan yesterday that sports bodies will have State funding cut unless at least 30%  of their board members are female was broadly welcomed yesterday.

Arsene Wenger has challenged Arsenal to learn from the sins  of their Champions League last-16 failures past.

Keith Earls has sought to put an end to the fallout from his Champions Cup red card  against Glasgow Warriors by apologising unreservedly for comments he made having served a two-week suspension.


Gerry Adams is the glue around which the republican movement adheres,  and also its glass ceiling, writes Fergus Finlay

Donald Trump’s protocol-breaking phone call  with Taiwan’s president is just the first salvo in a looming trade war between the US and China that will hurt both countries, says Bill Powell


Irish motorists are set to be hit with sharp increases in their fuel costs  after the price of oil reached an 18-month high.

Shares in Italian banks Banca Monte Paschi di Siena and UniCredit had mixed fortunes  as both took steps to raise fresh funds.


How do we make our kids smart about smartphones?  Andrea Mara finds out.


Louis Tomlinson has thanked fans for their support following the death of his mother.  The One Direction star’s mum Johannah Deakin died on Wednesday at the age of 43 after a battle with leukaemia.


Check out this infographic highlighting some of the famous faces who we said a  final farewell  to during 2016.


With only two weeks to go until Christmas Day, the people of Buttevant, Co Cork have been getting into the festive swing of things.


GAMING: It is officially Christmas season thanks to this lovely video from Best Buy employees who saw a man come into the shop everyday to play the Wii U.

MOVIES/TV: The Timelines in Star Wars are a little topsy turvy, it's hard to keep on top of what film goes where. Mark Hamill has the best tweet in response to all the toing and froing:

TECH: The rumour mill is ablaze with an iPhone 7S announcement expected in 2017.


A mother-of-seven incited some of her own children — one as young as four years old —  to assault a garda who had investigated a late-night house party.

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