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Friday 3 February 2023 Dublin: 10°C
The 9 at 9 Here’s everything you need to know as you start your day.

EVERY MORNING, brings you the nine stories, a little before nine, you need to know with your morning coffee.

1. #SOCIAL PROTECTION: Ireland’s high social welfare payments are stopping people getting back to work, the OCED has warned. The Irish Independent reports that it has warned government to reduce the rates received.

2. #COMPENSATION: Survivors of the Magdalene Laundries have received €10.3 million in compensation to date. New figures reveal that 731 applications have been made.

3. #SOUTH KOREA: The death toll from last week’s ferry disaster has risen to over 100. Murky waters are still hampering efforts to search the ship.

4. #GARDAGATE: The AGSI have criticised GSOC’s decision to hire an independent company to investigate bugging. Documents seen by the Irish Examiner show that the organisation believe this breached the ombudsman’s own rules.

5. #MENTAL HEALTH: Adult units in psychiatric hospitals are still being used for child patients, the Irish Times reports. A service watchdog has called it “inexcusable and counter-therapeutic”.

6. #CLIMATE CHANGE: The government is to publish new legislation later today aimed to combating carbon emissions, the Irish Times reports. However, it will include no specific targets.

7. #PREMATURE ERECTION: Election candidates can now erect posters around the country without fear of prosecution, but the ESB is warning against placing the signs on electricity poles as the candidates could be electrocuted.

8. #RANA PLAZA: Ahead of the anniversary of the factory collapse that killed more than a thousand people, a new report says that three quarters of the survivors are too traumatised to return to work.

9. #GOUJONS: Dunnes Stores has been ordered to pay €8,000 to a worker after the store installed a camera to catch her eating deli food, the Employment Appeals Tribunal has ruled. Reports today say she was seen eating chips and chicken goujons, and subsequently fired.

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