Good morning to you… If you think you had a bad Monday, spare a thought for the British surfer who narrowly escaped a shark attack in Australia, by punching the shark on the nose! Back home it’s not a bad morning at all – quite mild at 10 degrees – with just some patches of drizzle it’s perfect weather for tonight’s playoff with Denmark. Fingers crossed we’ll have reason to celebrate!!
1. A new report is predicting house prices could rise by 20%, over the next two years. The research from the ESRI says strong economic growth and the slow pace of house building will fuel price costs. But it says the Irish housing market is not overheating – and properties aren’t over-priced compared to other countries.
2. Rents across the country have soared to a new all-time high of €1,200 per month. Latest figures from Daft.ie show the average price in Dublin now stands at €1,774 per month, an increase of over 12% on the same time last year. Author of the report, Ronan Lyons, says attempts by the government to curb rents don’t seem to be working.
3. Homelessness charity Focus Ireland says the Daft figures show the government’s Rent Pressure Zones aren’t working. Mike Allen of Focus Ireland says loopholes in the law allow landlords to get rid of tenants and raise the rent by more than the four per cent limit.
4. Gardaí in Tallaght are continuing to question a man in connection with a murder investigation. The murder inquiry was launched yesterday evening, after a 20-year-old man lost his fight for life in Beaumont Hospital. He’d been found with serious head injuries on the Old Blessington Road in Tallaght, in the early hours of November 1st.
5. 90 minutes of football at the Aviva Stadium tonight separates the Republic of Ireland from a first World Cup since 2002. They go into the second leg of tonight’s World Cup playoff scoreless with Denmark. Both managers have promised a more open, attacking style than was seen in Copenhagen on Saturday night. Kick off at Lansdowne Road is at 7.45pm.
6. A British man says he’s escaped a shark attack while surfing in Australia – by punching it on the nose. 25-year-old Charlie Fry, says he was about to be ‘eaten’ by the animal yesterday. He says he learnt the technique from interviews with world champion surfer Mick Fanning, who punched a shark during a competition in 2015.