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Wednesday 6 December 2023 Dublin: 8°C

The 9 at 9 Good morning! Here are nine things you want to know as you start your day.

EVERY DAY, brings you nine things you need to know with your morning cup of coffee.

1. #EDUCATION: Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has proposed new laws that would see schools banned from accepting admission fees or interviewing parents ahead of enrolment. Quinn said he hopes this will lead to a fairer system and cut down on court cases over admissions.

2. #STRIKE: The result of a ballot of 2,000 non-consultant hospital doctors will be released today by the Irish Medical Organisation. The IMO said these junior doctors are often working up to 100 hours a week, contrary to the EU directive.

3. #DISCIPLINE: The Children’s Rights’ Alliance has called on the government to introduce a complete ban on smacking children, RTÉ reports. The Department of Children and Youth Affairs has said that corporal punishment is already prohibited under Irish law.

4. #DIRTY OLD TOWN: The latest litter report from IBAL has declared that, finally, Dublin is clean. The results also show a positive result for tourism but warned that pockets of our cities remain litter blackspots.

5. #SPEED: Excessive speed has become an “endemic habit among far too many Irish drivers” according to a new AA Motor Insurance survey, with 71 per cent of motorists saying they witness other drivers speeding every day. Almost a third of people admitted to driving too fast themselves and men are more likely to step on it than women.

6. #JOBSWATCH: Some 50 new jobs have been announced for Dublin and Cork in an engineering and project management company. The firm is looking for engineers, architects, project managers, construction managers and consultants as well as graduates in a number of areas.

7. #EGYPT: Ousted President Mohammed Morsi is to stand trial for inciting the murder of protesters, BBC reports. Fourteen other members of the Musilm Brotherhood are to stand trial over the accusations relating to a demonstration outside the palace in Cairo in which at least seven people were killed.

8. #AFGHANISTAN: A group of Taliban suicide bombers and gunmen today attacked a US base near the Pakistani border in Afghanistan, where troops from the NATO mission are based. The attack sparked a three-hour shootout though no NATO casualties were reported.

9. #RIP: The funeral of world renowned Irish writer Seamus Heaney will take place in Dublin today. Hundreds of mourners attended the removal mass at Donnybrook yesterday evening and there will be radio and television coverage of the funeral broadcast worldwide today.

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