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Friday 8 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 MORNING, brings you the nine stories you need to know as you kick off your day.

1. #MAYO: A man in his late 20s is being held at Castlebar Garda Station in connection with the discovery of a woman’s body yesterday. A post mortem is due to take place.

2. #TOP-UPS: Responding to comments about his association with high level staff and directors at the Central Remedial Clinic, former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern has told the Sunday Independent that he had no part in board members’ appointments to the clinic.

3. #STATE OF THE NATION: Taoiseach Enda Kenny will address the nation this evening to mark the end of our bailout programme and map out the next steps the government plans to take to get the country back on track.

4. #TOSCAN DU PLANTIER: A Cork petrol-pump attendant has claimed evidence he gave to gardaí about a sighting of murdered French woman Sophie Toscan du Plantier with an unidentified man two days before her brutal killing, was ignored by detectives, The Sunday Times reports.

5. #BAILOUT EXIT: Ireland faces one more austerity budget before economic growth is expected to pay back our debts, according to government plan, seen by the Sunday Business Post. The plan includes optimistic job projections, tax cuts and some spending increases.

6. #MANDELA: South Africa’s founding father, Nelson Mandela, is being laid to rest today, at a funeral service in his boyhood home of Qunu. Today marks the end of ten days of mourning in the country, ans across the globe.

7. #SECRET MILLIONAIRE: A community centre in Dublin’s city centre has had to close just weeks after it appeared on RTÉ’s Secret Millionaire programme. The group who ran the centre is now trying to find an alternative venue or a way to bring it up to health and safety standards so it can be reopened.

8. #BELFAST: A man was arrested last night in connection with the murder of two people at a house in Belfast, RTÉ reports. It is believed that the the incident may have been a domestic issue.

9. #UKRAINE: Clashes are feared in the Ukraine with two rival protests due to take place, BBC reports. It is expected that hundreds of thousands of people could take part with tensions in the country at an all-time high.

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