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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.
WEATHER
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.