Lunchtime briefing: Rent to be frozen in Dublin and Cork. Catch up on the headlines

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Lunchtime briefing: Rent to be frozen in Dublin and Cork. Catch up on 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.

Jailed Ibrahim Halawa handed his mother a paper bouquet in the  colours of the Irish flag  to thank the public for the support he has received during his incarceration.

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 UN human rights office says it has received reports of Syria's pro-government  forces killing at least 82 civilians  as they entered the last remaining strongholds of the rebels in eastern Aleppo.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he is prepared to meet President-elect Donald Trump at any time. , police said.

Tests can predict whether children as young as three will grow up to be criminals,  claim a disproportionate amount of benefits or be obese, researches have found in a 35-year study.

Donald Trump has picked Exxon Mobil boss Rex Tillerson  to lead the US State Department, dismissing concerns about the businessman's close ties with Russia, sources close to the president-elect's team have said.


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.


As Christmas spending is likely to make a big dent in finances,  taxpayers should bear another December date in mind, writes Grainne McGuinness.


Irish band Picture This have teamed up with TV3 to launch their Christmas appeal  in aid of Temple Street Children’s Hospital.

A full length portrait of Oscar Wilde, once owned by the writer,  is going on display for the first time in the UK – alongside his prison cell door.


Relationships can be hard as an adult but even harder as a child, when you’ve got the pressure of primary school and disloyal friends to deal with. One youngster is really feeling the pain  after being dumped by an unfaithful girlfriend, who cheated on him with his very own friend. Oh hell no.

Anyone whose significant other has ever stayed out later than they promised will be able to empathise with why Jodie Duncan was pretty angry with her boyfriend.  Kieron Cameron, from Scotland, went out to celebrate a birthday, resulting in him missing a night in with her, and also – you can probably guess where this is going – ending up, well, a little worse for wear, shall we say.


Christmas is fasting approaching and so are the postage deadlines of the festive season.  Watch these clips and find out the best way to get your gifts to your loved ones right on time for the 25th, along with some great presents you can pick up at your post office.


GAMING: Super Mario is probably one of the most popular and well known games across all gaming platforms and before it hits your phone screens,  lets head back to 1981 and take a look at the history of the beloved game.

MOVIES/TV:It appears  LucasFilm has applied for a trademark  to the European Union Intellectual Property Office.

TECH: We are less than two weeks out to the big day, and it is very easy to get in a tailspin with all the presents you have to get.  Do not approach the millennial, you might spook it, they hate questions so don’t ask them anything, if you do this you are in for sarcasm and derision. Their online persona is much more valuable to them than their actual life so just let them get back to posting inspirational quotes on instagram or whatever they were doing.


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.

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