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Dublin: 4°C Wednesday 8 December 2021

The 9 at 9: Saturday

Here’s what you need to know as you kick off the long weekend.

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EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the stories you need to know as you wake up.

1. #BIN LADEN: It is being reported that members of former al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden’s family are among those who have been killed in a plane crash in the UK. 

2. #1916: The first major event of the 1916 commemorations is set to begin today with an event to mark the funeral of O’Donovan Rossa. 

3. #TIME OFF: Irish workers are able to accrue holiday pay during long-term sick leave, starting today. 

4. #CHINESE VISITORS: A major campaign is set to be launched to encourage more Chinese tourists to visit Ireland.  

5. #COURTS: A man that was four times the drink-driving limit when he caused a fatal crash is set to have his sentence reduced. 

6. #POC FADA: Irish camogie players have criticised the differences in awards for hurlers and camogie players being offered in an annual GAA skills competition. 

7. #MH370: Parts of the airplane debris that may belong to the missing MH370 flight has made its way to Paris, reports RTÉ. 

8. #IRISH WATER: The Irish Independent is reporting that water bills could be set for a serious increase if the government wants to keep the utility off of the balance books.

9. #HOLIDAYS: Did you know that before heading off on your holidays you can tell the Department of Foreign Affairs?

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