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The 9 at 9 Good morning. Here are nine things to know today.

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

1. #SHOPPING: The cost of a typical basket of groceries has risen by more than 12 per cent in the past two years, a new survey by the Consumer Association of Ireland has revealed. The Daily Mail notes increases of almost 40 per cent in the price of Siúcra sugar and up to 30 per cent hikes for Fairy washing-up liquid and Head & Shoulders shampoo, as well as significant price hikes for Denny sausages, Sqeez orange juice and Lyons tea bags.

Meanwhile, IBEC forecasts a stabilisation in consumer spending power this year and an improvement during 2014 as it believes the deal on promissory notes will boost confidence.

2. #’BEEF’: A Romanian abattoir is under investigation as part of the European-wide horse meat contamination scandal, reports RTÉ. As consumers are warned about further revelations to come, there are fears in France that some ‘beef’ products could contain donkey meat.

3. #RENTING: The average monthly rent paid to landlords across Ireland rose by 2.2 per cent to €808 during 2012, according to the latest report.

4. #ABORTION: A new poll has found that up to 84 per cent of people in Ireland favour legislating for abortion in certain cases. The research saw strong support for abortion to be permitted in circumstances of rape or abuse (78  per cent), incompatibility with life outside the womb (79 per cent) and where the woman’s life is at risk (84 per cent).

5. #POLICE DEATH: Two men have been charged in connection with the death of PSNI officer Philippa Reynolds. The 27-year-old former teacher was killed in a car crash involving a stolen 4×4 in Derry while on duty in the early hours of Saturday morning.

6. #ROAD CRASH: A man in his 60s died following a single-vehicle collision in Tuam, county Galway yesterday evening. The victim was the driver and sole occupant of the car which crashed into a wall at Woodquay on Weir Road.

7. #MAGDALENES: Five women from the Magdalene Survivors Together group are expected to meet the Taoiseach this afternoon to discuss the McAleese Report into State involvement in the Magdalene Laundries system. The survivors do not expect a private apology but demand an “unreserved apology” from the State during the next Dáil debate on the issue.

8. #RUSSIA: There are fears for a number of miners trapped at a mine in the Komi region of Russia following an explosion this morning. 250 workers escaped the blast and returned to the surface but at least nine are still underground.

9. #AWARDS SEASON: There was serious bling to be won this weekend with the IFTAs, BAFTAs and Grammys all vying for celebrities’ attention. Over in the US, Adele won at the Grammys (surprise) and Taylor Swift performed (quelle surprise). Back on this side of the Atlantic, Ben Affleck’s Argo continued its clean sweep of the 2013 awards season, picking up three BAFTAs, while Daniel Day-Lewis also won his universally expected best-actor trophy.

The evening’s other big talking point was Helen Mirren, who appeared with pink hair. See the pics over at

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