Morning top 5: More heavy rainfall expected; and final wording of draft climate change deal agreed

The top stories this morning...

Farmers around the country are joining forces with the Irish Red Cross in manning pumps to divert flood waters.

Hundreds of acres of farm land are underwater this morning - after more than a week of heavy rainfall and worsening conditions.

Orange and yellow level weather warnings remain in place, with up to 50 millimetres of rain expected to fall today.

The worst affected areas are expected to be in counties Clare, Cork and Kerry.


The organisers of an international climate change conference in Paris say the final wording of a draft deal has been agreed - after nearly two weeks of negotiations.

A French official told the AFP news agency it will be presented to ministers at 10:30am (Irish time) this morning.

No details have been released so far.


Voting has started in Saudi Arabia's first election open to women.

Almost a thousand female candidates are running against 6,000 men for places on local councils.

A strict separation of the sexes in public meant that women could not meet male voters directly while canvassing - they have been forced to stand behind screens or speak through male assistants.


A man remains in custody in connection with an alleged assault on a judge at a Dublin courthouse.

Judge Miriam Walsh is alleged to have been hit a number of times during a sitting of the family law courts in Temple Bar at lunchtime yesterday.

She suffered non life threatening injuries and has since been discharged from hospital.

A man was arrested in relation to the incident at the scene and is detained at Pearse Street Garda Station in the city.


A demonstration will be held against violence against women in Dublin today.

The campaign group ROSA says Christmas is a particularly difficult time for women living in abusive relationships.

They will hold a protest at the spire this afternoon, aimed at encouraging people to talk about domestic violence and the culture surrounding it.