Morning top 5: Taoiseach to update Cabinet on Brexit; Weekend murder linked to gang feud; Catalan leaders to fight extradition today

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The Taoiseach and Tánaiste will update the cabinet on the state of Brexit negotiations this morning.

Officials from Dublin and London had been negotiating for most of the weekend, with the British Prime Minister Theresa May due to meet with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker this afternoon.

There appears to be broad agreement on two of the three key issues holding up the negotiating process – the UKs divorce bill and citizen’s rights.

However a deal that avoids a return to a hard border in Ireland has yet to be hammered out – and it is likely Irish representatives will say not enough has been done by the UK to move talks to the next stage.

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A murder investigation is underway after a 24 year old man was shot at the weekend, in the 13th death being linked to an ongoing Dublin crime feud.

Kane McCormack's body was discovered in a field in County Meath on Saturday morning.

He was the son of Noel Kirwan - a friend of Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch - who was killed a year ago.

Gardaí are trying to establish a link between his death and a black Audi car which was found burnt out on Friday.

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A record 895,600 people are renting in Ireland.

A report out today shows 18.9% of the country's population are now living in the private rented sector - which is the highest proportion since records began.

Dr. John McCartney, Director of Research at Savills Ireland has said that a quarter of Dublin's population is renting privately.

He said the increase can be linked to an “absolute scarcity” of property’s available to buy while the costs of home ownership are on the rise.

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We are expected to spend €4.5 billion this Christmas.

The Retail Ireland Christmas Monitor indicates that the average household will part with €2,654 euro - 2.6% more than last year.

The report suggests that rising disposable income, a growth in employment and falling prices are all leading to increased consumer confidence.

While most of the spending will be done in shops, online shopping is becoming increasingly popular. 75% of the money leaves Irish shores.

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Deposed Catalan President Carles Puigdemont and four other Catalan leaders are expected to make their case against extradition today.

The former members of Catalonia's regional government fled to Belgium after the Spanish government imposed direct rule on the region earlier this year.

The politicians are facing charges of rebellion, sedition and embezzlement in Spain.

Catalonians will go to the polls for a snap regional election on December 21st – with opinion polls suggesting pro- and anti-independence political parties are running neck and neck.