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Rents in Dublin are now almost 20% higher than their peak in the Celtic Tiger.
The latest report from property website Daft.ie shows rents across the country are up by almost 12% to the end of June.
The average national rent now stands at €1,159. Average rent in Dublin is €1,700 compared to €919 in Limerick.
Homeless charity Focus Ireland said that record rental prices are part of a 'perfect storm' forcing more families into homelessness.
The charity says the situation is particularly bleak for 1,800 children who are homeless and preparing to return to school in the coming weeks.



New traffic restrictions in central Dublin have cut bus journey times on some routes by 40%.
While the closure of a right turn off the north quays on to O'Connell Bridge is yet to make it on to Google Maps, improved public transport was being heralded on the first weekday of the changes.
Cars have been banned from driving from Bachelors Walk over the Liffey since Sunday morning.
General traffic has been cut to one lane from Ormond Quay to Eden Quay on the north side and from Burgh Quay to Essex Quay on the south side to accommodate more bus lanes.
Dublin Bus said there was a 40% drop in journey times of 30 services running along Bachelors Walk from 8am-9am.
The ban on cars going from north to south from Bachelors Walk is being introduced to avoid the potential for Cross City Luas trams being blocked as they travel across the Liffey from December.

Weather 

Good dry periods during the morning with some sunny spells but there is the increasing threat of heavy showers during the afternoon with the risk of thunder. Top temperatures of 19 to 21 degrees in moderate southeast winds.