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The 9 at 9 Here’s all the news you need to know as you start your day.



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

1. Rafah

The UN Security Council is convening an emergency meeting today over an Israeli strike that killed dozens of people in a refugee camp Rafah.

2. Climate crisis

Ireland is likely to fail to comply with its national and EU climate targets, with almost all sectors set to exceed their emissions ceilings for 2025 and 2030. 

The Environmental Protection Agency’s greenhouse gas emissions projections for 2023-2050 show the country is forecast to achieve a reduction of up to 29% in emissions by 2030 – well short of its target of 51%.  

3. Palestine recognition

Ireland to set to formally recognise the state of Palestine this morning.

The move, announced by Taoiseach Simon Harris last week, will see full diplomatic relations established between Ireland and Palestine.

4. Creeslough explosion investigation

A man and woman who were arrested yesterday in connection with the fatal Creeslough explosion in 2022 have been released without charge.

The two individuals, both in their 40s, were arrested yesterday morning. 

5. Measles

Seven more measles cases have been confirmed in Ireland, bringing the number of confirmed cases this year to 37.

6. Trump trial

Donald Trump’s lengthy and dramatic hush money trial will have its final hearing today, where lawyers will make their closing arguments.

7. Housing

Taoiseach Simon Harris wants a review carried out into the bulk buying of properties by private investors, with a focus on taxation and planning.

8. Energy bills

Further cuts to interest rates and energy prices are on the cards, according to Finance Minister Michael McGrath.

9. Young teens

13-year-olds have better relationships with their parents but fewer friends than they did a decade ago, according to a report released by the ESRI.

The report, titled ‘The Changing Social Worlds of 13-year-olds’, examines how the lives of 13-year-olds have changed over the last decade in terms of their relationships with family and friends, day-to-day activities, and their school experiences.

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