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Wednesday 1 February 2023 Dublin: 6°C
The 9 at 9 Here are the nine stories you need to know as you kick off your day.

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

1. #EGYPT: Egypt’s military has warned against revenge attacks ahead of planned rallies by supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi in Cairo. The military said it supported the right to peaceful protest but warned against anything that would “harm social peace”. Scores of people have already been injured in clashes between Morsi’s supporters and opponents.

2. #ANGLO TAPES: The former chairman of the now defunct Anglo Irish Bank has said he cannot comment on the Anglo tapes because of potential court cases. Alan Dukes said any suggestion that Anglo held back information from investigators was “absolutely wrong” as opposition parties raised questions about how much he knew about the taped conversations.

3. #CORRUPTION TRIAL: Former political lobbyist Frank Dunlop has told a court that he gave cash payments to Dublin councillors in the 1990s ahead of votes on rezoning land, the Irish Times reports. Four men – three former councillors and one sitting councillor – have gone on trial, accused of receiving corrupt payments. A businessman is also charged with making the payments.

4. #MADIBA: The president of South Africa has denied reports that Nelson Mandela is in a vegetative state at a Pretoria hospital. Jacob Zuma issued a statement following reports from a news agency which said it had seen legal documents showing that Mandela’s family had been advised to turn off his life support.

5. #JON VENABLES: One of the two people convicted of murdering 2-year-old James Bulger in 1993 is to be released from prison. Jon Venables was jailed in 2010 after being found in possession of child pornography while on parole.

6. #BAD WEEK: The Economist magazine has said that the end of Ireland’s successful presidency of the EU has been overshadowed by the revelations in the Anglo tapes, which it said stopped the country from regaining some of its “lost authority in Europe”.

7. #FACEBOOK: A District Court judge has said Facebook should be closed down as he ruled on a case in which people gatecrashed a party which was posted on the site. The Daily Mail reports that Judge Anthony Halpin said Facebook could be used to intimidate other people. “Young people spill out their thoughts on it and then in one click of a button it is there permanently,” he said.

8. #RUBBISH: A waste collection company has laid the blame on the government for an increase in how much customers will have to pay to have their rubbish removed. Greyhound said the government levy on landfill disposal was “a tax on the people of Ireland”.

9. #SUMMER SUMMER SUMMERTIME: Get the BBQs ready: summer is back. Temperatures are set to hit up to 25 degrees in parts of the country today with a mini-heatwave predicted for the weekend. Get out there and enjoy it while it lasts…

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