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Monday 4 December 2023 Dublin: 5°C

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 start your day.

1. #TRAGEDY: A man’s body has been recovered from the sea off the Cork coast, hours after his teenage son raised the alarm last night. The man, who was in his 60s, had been in a dinghy with his 18-year-old son when it capsized off Cod’s Head. Separately, a search has resumed this morning for two fishermen who failed to return home to Clare yesterday evening.

2. #HOMECOMING: Around 20,000 people turned out in Bray yesterday to welcome Olympic gold medallist Katie Taylor home from the London Olympics, which the 26-year-old boxer described as “unbelievable”. Homecoming events were also held in Mullingar for boxer John Joe Nevin and in Belfast for Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlon. An official event for all of Team Ireland’s athletes will be held in Dublin’s Mansion House on Wednesday evening.

3. #CHILD BENEFIT: The Department of Social Protection is considering a plan which will allow wealthy parents to hand back child benefit payments to the State if they choose to. The Irish Times reports that Minister Joan Burton is examining what technical changes would be needed to allow parents to refuse the payment if they so wish.

4. #APPEAL: Joseph O’Reilly, who was convicted in 2009 of the murder of his wife Rachel at their Dublin home, has failed in his bid to be released. The Irish Independent reports that O’Reilly had appealed the life sentence which was handed down for the killing, but a judge yesterday dismissed the appeal in which he had argued that his detention in the Midlands Prison is unlawful.

5. #BARNARDOS: The decision by children’s charity Barnardos to close its doors for one week in a bid to cut costs due to a lack of funding is just the tip of the iceberg, a leading business advisory firm has warned. Grant Thornton said it is likely that more charities will follow suit following a fall-off in funding and Government support for charities and the non-profit sector.

6. #SORRY: Fine Gael MEP Seán Kelly has emailed party colleagues to apologise for causing them embarrassment after his recent public expression of support for businessman Seán Quinn, the Daily Mail reports. Kelly said that the rally in support of the Quinn family in Ballyconnell in Cavan two weeks ago was an expression of “moral support” and showed the “warm human nature of the Irish people”.

7. #LOTTO: A family in Donegal is believed to have won a share of the Lotto twice in one day after two winning tickets using the same numbers and bought in the same town each scooped €250,000 in Saturday’s jackpot draw. The National Lottery confirmed that the tickets were bought in Letterkenny within a few hundred metres of each other.

8. #RIP: Helen Gurley Brown, the editor-in-chief of the 64 international editions of Cosmopolitan magazines and the author of Sex and the Single Girl, has died at the age of 90. Brown was widely-credited with being the first person to introduce frank discussions of sex into magazines for women.

9. #NOOO: Bad news for comic lovers: The Dandy, the oldest comic in Britain, is in danger of closing after a dramatic decline in circulation. The 75-year-old comic, which is home to Desperate Dan, has seen its circulation fall to around 8,000 copies a week, down from a high of around two million copies. The comic’s sister title The Beano is faring somewhat better with a circulation of 38,000.

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