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The Cabinet is meeting this morning to consider developments around the draft text of a Brexit withdrawal agreement. The Taoiseach and the Tanaiste will update Government representatives on what has happened over the last 24 hours. The Irish Government has said that it wants to allow the British government to have time and space to consider the proposed Brexit deal. As of now, all sides in Leinster House have in general welcomed the reported outline of the draft agreement but say they require more detail before casting a final judgment. Elsewhere, EU chief Brexit negotiator Michael Barnier will brief ambassadors from the 27 member states this morning as part of a carefully choreographed response to the agreement reached on the Irish backstop by EU and UK negotiators. The Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan has said that he is open to changing the laws on how rape trials are conducted. He said that he is waiting for a review group to report on the conduct of trials before he makes any decision. He went on to say that it is important to make sure women feel supported through the judicial process. This comes as protesters are calling for an overhaul of how rape trials are conducted, in demonstrations in five cities around the country today. A new programme aimed at helping immigrant teachers find work in Irish schools opens to applicants today. The course, aims to provide immigrants who are qualified teachers, but not working as such, with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to enable them to find employment here. Recent research has found that teachers in Ireland continue to be overwhelmingly white Irish and middle class. The initiative hopes to help change that profile.
It will be rather windy and cloudy today with rain in the morning. It will then become mostly dry in the afternoon apart from a few patches of light rain or drizzle. Temperatures to range between 13-15 degrees.