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Wednesday 8 February 2023 Dublin: 8°C
The 9 at 9 Good morning! Here are nine things to know before you start your day…

EACH DAY, brings you nine things you should know with your morning cup of coffee.

1. #KERRY: Gardaí in Kerry remain at a house in Killorglin where the bodies of a mother and her young daughter were discovered last night. It is understood the 27-year-old woman and eight-year-old girl met a violent death.

2. #SUPERPOWERS: The ongoing civil war in Syria is likely to dominate proceedings at the G8 summit in Enniskillen today.’s Hugh O’Connell – reporting from Lough Erne – tells you everything you need to know about the event here.

Meanwhile, the PSNI says it is expecting smaller protests than originally predicted with the unrest in Turkey a contributory factor.

3. #D’OBAMAS: America’s first family have landed at Belfast International Airport. It is Barack Obama’s first trip to Northern Ireland since taking office in 2008 and he has meetings scheduled with First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha will travel to Dublin later this morning where they will visit Trinity College, the US Embassy and the Gaiety Theatre for a performance of Riverdance.

4. #CHILDCARE: Although inspectors identified a number of breaches at a Dublin creche, a HSE report indicated the facility was ‘compliant’. The oversight was explained as an “administrative error” by the watchdog but described as “mind boggling” and “very disturbing” by one parent.

5. #SEE YA: Prime Minister of the Czech Republic Petr Necas is to resign today following revelations about his chief of staff and alleged lover. Jana Nagyova was indicted for bribery on Friday as part of a wider corruption scandal.

6. #ABORTION: About 200 anti-abortion protesters carrying placards and heckling the Taoiseach demonstrated at an event attended by Enda Kenny in county Longford yesterday.

7. #JOBBRIDGE: Since the programme’s inception, JobBridge has provided 217 interns to government departments. has been finding out what they’ve been working on.

8. #JOBS: And some good news on the jobs front this morning as IBS-Xerox announced it will create 90 new positions at its Dublin and Cork operations.

9. #MAJOR: It was sixth-time unlucky for Phil Mickelson as he finished runner-up at the US Open again. This time, a bogey on the 18th saw him lose to Justin Rose. The Englishman ended his own long wait for a Major golf title with a par putt on the final hole. has all the nitty-gritty from a tense day at Merion.

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