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Monday 30 January 2023 Dublin: 8°C
GOOD MORNING
The 9 at 9 The nine stories you need to know this morning.

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

1. #SEARCH Two kayakers who have been reported missing from Rosscarbery were found safe and well by Baltimore inshore lifeboat. The two teenagers were found in a cave near Millcove. Baltimore lifeboat was also called out to deal with a yacht in difficulty near Ballydehob two hours earlier. Meanwhile, RTÉ reports that a man was airlifted off the McGillycuddy Reeks after falling around 50 metres yesterday. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

2. #VINCENT BROWNE Broadcaster Vincent Browne has been contacted about potential legal action by billionaire businessman Denis O’Brien, the Sunday Independent says today. It says the defamation threat relates to an article Browne wrote about the Moriarty Tribunal.

3. #QUINN The IBRC is taking steps to have Peter Darragh Quinn charged with perjury so that he can be returned to the Republic of Ireland, the Sunday Independent says today. It also states that Mike Aynsley, the chief executive of the former Anglo Irish Bank, said that Sean Quinn Snr and Peter Quinn have been “somewhat economical with the truth” in recent interviews.

4. #SYRIA Heavy fighting continued in Aleppo in Syria overnight. The BBC reports that there are growing fears that the army will launch a full-scale assault within days. There is no word yet on the 48 Iranian pilgrims who were kidnapped in Damascus yesterday.

5. #MANHOLE The two men who were seen going into a manhole on Friday night are believed to have been planning a criminal act, the Sunday Times says. It reports that they may have been thieves looking to steal from a target in the area near Dublin Castle. Gardaí believe the men are no longer in the underground River Poddle area.

6. #YEMEN More than 30 people have been killed in a suspected suicide bombing in Yemen earlier today the BBC reports. The AFP news agency was told by a witness that the bomber “belonged to the al-Qaeda network”. The attack was on a funeral service in Jaar.

7. #DRUGS The HSE pays up to 12 times more than the NHS in Britain for the same generic drugs, according to the Sunday Business Post. It says that this means the HSE is making limited savings on the state’s €1 billion pharmaceutical bill. In one example, the paper says the HSE is paying €37 for a generic blood thinning medicine, but the NHS pays €3 for the same amount.

8. #HOUSEHOLD TAX Local authorities who have had funding cut because of low numbers of people paying the household charge could see those cuts reversed if they pursue the non-payers. That’s according to the Sunday Business Post, which said that the Department of Environment said if collection rates improve, they will be an opportunity for them to restore their funding.

9. #MARILYN Today is the 50th anniversary of the death of actress and performer Marilyn Monroe, who died tragically at the age of just 36. Born Norma Jeane Mortenson in Los Angeles, she went on to star in films such as Some Like It Hot (for which she won a Golden Globe), The Seven Year Itch, and Bus Stop. The LA Times has a slideshow of images from Monroe’s Hollywood career.

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