Morning top 5: Brexit paper rules out hard border; Trump defends racist protesters; Leaving Cert results due in

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The British government has rejected the idea of a customs border in the Irish Sea as a means of preventing a hard border on the island of Ireland.

The statement comes in a position paper to be published later that sets out the UK's priorities for Northern Ireland after Brexit.

It says Britain wants to avoid any physical border infrastructure or border posts in Ireland – while also maintaining the common travel area. 

Instead, it proposes number plate recognition systems and vehicle spot checks.

The paper notes that one way of achieving this would be through a new post-Brexit customs union between the EU and the UK.


Donald Trump has doubled down on his claims that 'both sides' bear responsibility for the violence at a white supremacist rally in Virginia at the weekend.

Despite condemning far-right extremists on Monday, the President last night accused counter-protesters of being 'very violent.'

He then claimed neo Nazis and white supremacists had been treated unfairly by the media.

President Trump said many were there just to oppose a confederate statue being taken down.


Almost 59,000 pupils are getting their Leaving Certificate results this morning.

A new grading system has been applied to all subjects this year, reducing the number of grades available to eight.

The new grade scheme will see markings like 'A1' replaced with 'H1' for a higher level paper or 'O1' for an ordinary level paper.

More students opted for higher level rates across almost all subjects this year - with fewer students failing subjects.


Gardaí have reportedly found a gun during their excavation in Chapelizod as part of the Trevor Deely cold case.

The 22-year-old from County Kildare disappeared after his office Christmas party in Dublin in 2000.

It is understood one line of inquiry being investigated by gardaí is whether he was shot by a well known criminal before being buried in an area of scrubland near the banks of the Liffey.

Gardaí will have to establish whether the firearm has any connection to Trevor - whose body has never been found.


91% of rental properties are beyond the reach of people dependent on state housing benefits.

A new report from the Simon Communities warns that people are being locked out of the private rental sector as just 9% of homes available to rent were within the criteria for rent supplement and HAP payments.

The study, carried out at the beginning of August, found just 630 properties available to rent in eleven locations - representing a fall of 45% on May 2015.

Meanwhile, the housing minister has pledged a big increase in the provision of rapid build homes around the country.