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Saturday 30 September 2023 Dublin: 11°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. #G8: The G8 enters its second and final day in the midst of a rift over how to deal with the ongoing conflict in Syria. This morning, tax issues will dominate the agenda but Enda Kenny says he is unsure if Ireland’s controversial system will be raised during proceedings, adding the country has “absolutely nothing to hide”.

2. #KERRY: Gardaí are set to launch a double murder investigation following the completion of post-mortem exams on the bodies of 27-year-old Jolanta Lubiene and her eight-year-old daughter Enrika later today. Both sustained stab wounds during what has been described as a frenzied attack in their Killorglin home. Husband and father Marius Lubys flew to Ireland from Sweden yesterday and is being comforted by family and friends.

3. #BRASILIA: Up to 200,000 people have taken to the streets in Brazil’s largest cities to protest against the rising price of public transport and the cost of hosting a number of sporting events, most recently the Confederations Cup.

4. #NIGELLA: Police in London have issued a caution for assault to Nigella Lawson’s husband Charles Saatchi after images of him grasping his wife by the neck appeared in a national newspaper, reports BBC News. The art collector had reportedly claimed that the photos showed a “playful tiff”.

5. #FIRE: Three units of the Dublin Fire Brigade are attending the scene at the old ESB generating station on Pigeon House Road, where a fire broke out in the early hours of this morning.

6. #MAKEOVER: Dublin City Council spent €400,000 on its Grafton Street refurbishment before a slab had even been turned over, has learned. The overall project is set to cost the taxpayer €4 million and the repaving is due to be completed by November 2014.

7. #TRAFFICKED: A victim of forced labour told a meeting of the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly yesterday how she was “treated as a slave” in Dublin. “My passport was taken, I was not paid for my work, I was not allowed to go out of the house and I was threatened,” she revealed.

8. #OBAMA LADIES: America’s First Lady Michelle Obama is to accompany her daughters on a tour of Glendalough in Wicklow today, the final day of the family’s visit. They are also due to lunch out in Dalkey, county Dublin.

9. #WEATHER: And they’ve got a good day for it. Temperatures of up to 22 degrees Celsius are predicted for most of the country, as well as spells of sunshine and only light drizzle in some areas of the west.

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