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Dublin: 6 °C Friday 24 January, 2020

The 9 at 9: Friday

Here’s all the news you need to know as you start your day.


EVERY MORNING, brings you all the news you need to know as you start the day.

1. #BY-ELECTIONS: Voters are heading to the polls today in four by-elections to replace TDs elected to the European Parliament last May.

2. #KOMORI: The Houses of the Oireachtas awarded a tender worth over €2 million for parliamentary publishing and printing services this month separate to the controversial €1 million already spent on a massive printer. 

3. #COLD FEET: A row has erupted between the Conservative Party and Channel 4 in the UK, with the Tories saying the broadcaster “conspired” with Jeremy Corbyn to block them from a TV leaders’ debate.

4. #TRIAL: A married couple have become the first people in Ireland to be convicted of carrying out female genital mutilation (FGM).

5. #BLACK FRIDAY: The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission has urged the public to be aware of their consumer rights when shopping online during Black Friday.

6. #FINGLAS: An Bord Pleanála has been accused of “bypassing the democratic process” after granting permission for an eight-storey apartment block in north Dublin.

7. #AFGHANISTAN: US President Donald Trump has paid a surprise Thanksgiving visit to Afghanistan, where he announced the US and Taliban have been engaged in ongoing peace talks.

8. #BALLINAMORE: Asylum seekers will be moved into apartments in Ballinamore, Co Leitrim before Christmas after Minister of State David Stanton met with community representatives.

9. #GIFT VOUCHERS: New laws that will ensure gift vouchers are valid for at least five years after they are sold are to kick in on Monday.

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