Tanaiste claims Brexit deal this week is possible

The Tánaiste has claimed a Brexit deal this week IS possible despite the two sides still being far apart.

The EU is seeking further concessions with the viability of the proposed customs checks for Northern Ireland under scrutiny.

Time is running out for a deal to be reached before the European Council meeting on Thursday.

Tánaiste Simon Coveney says he's hopeful of a deal this week, but it's hard to be certain: