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Sunday 3 December 2023 Dublin: 5°C

The 9 at 9 Good morning! Here are nine things to know before you start your day.

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

1. #ENNIS: Gardaí are investigating the discovery of the body of a man on the roadside in Ennis, Co Clare late last night. It is thought that the man in his 20s was the victim of a hit-and-run and gardaí are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

2. #RACISM: A Dublin Bus driver was assaulted in what is understood to have been a racially motivated attack in Dublin’s city centre this week. The driver was taken to hospital but his condition is not serious and one of the three offenders in the attack has been charged by gardaí.

3. #CONTAMINATION: Roscommon County Council has issued a new boil water notice affecting thousands of people, as a precautionary measure due to the presence of the parasite cryptosporidiosis. Funding has been sanctioned for a new treatment plant in the county and an interim solution is being worked on by officials in the council and the Department of Environment.

4. #AMBULANCE: Significant differences in ambulance response times have been identified in figures released to The Irish Times. The eight minute response time recommendation was not met in any of the three National Amubulance Service areas and response times for those suffering serious cardiac emergencies were worst in the west of the country.

5. #TERRORISM: Justice Minister Alan Shatter is set to rush through new legislation before the G8 summit that would allow gardaí to order phone companies to shut off signals to stop terrorists using their mobile phones to detonate a bomb, the Irish Independent reports. Up until now gardaí could request the action as a goodwill gesture.

6. #MINISTERIAL PAY: Cabinet ministers will not be singled out for more pay cuts, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has told Howlin says the pay of ministers has fallen by over 30 per cent from its peak under the last administration – more than any other group in public life.

7. #CAMBODIA: Two people have been killed and six injured in a factory collapse in Cambodia sparking concerns about industrial safety in the country. Last year Cambodia earned $4.6 billion from its garment exports but a series of strikes has pointed to festering discontent among workers over low wages and tough conditions.

8. #KABUL: Two children are among the thirty people who were killed in a suicide bomb blast in Kabul. The car bomb, which was targeting a foreign convoy of armoured cars in the easy of the capital, destroyed several houses in the surrounding area, BBC reports.

9. #OLD WATER: A pocket of water that’s 2.6 billion years old has been found deep beneath the Earth’s surface, The Toronto Star reports. The ancient water was found below east Ontario in Canada and contains possible indicators of life.

Over on All the celebs got soaked at Cannes, Marc from Tallafornia put another picture of his lad on Twitter, and Rihanna is a terrible influence. It’s The Dredge…

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