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Saturday 2 December 2023 Dublin: 1°C

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

EVERY MORNING, brings you the nine things you need to know as you start your day.

1. #BRUSSELS: The Taoiseach Enda Kenny is meeting with the European Council in Brussels today where leaders will discuss tax, and in particular, computer giant Apple’s use of Irish subsidiaries to avoid paying large tax am amounts.

2. #OKLAHOMA: Rescue workers believe there are no more bodies in the rubble left behind by the Oklahoma tornado and the the final death toll is 24, including nine children. The death toll was revised downward from 51 after some victims were counted twice in confusion. More than 200 people were treated in hospital.

3. #PENALTY POINTS: A spokesperson for the gardaí this morning told that the Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan was working under the remit of the office, and effectively just doing his job, when he passed on confidential information to the Justice Minister Alan Shatter about Wexford TD Mick Wallace’s brush with the law. Shatter made somewhat of an apology to Wallace in the Dáil yesterday evening.

4. #JOHN KERINS: Gardaí have released the two people arrested on Monday in connection with the murder of former detective garda John Kerins. Searches and a dig at the home of the 49-year-old former garda have now also concluded.

5. #IODINE: Studies revel that iodine deficiency in pregnancy may have an adverse effect on children’s brain development. It has raised concerns that the iodine status of pregnant women is a public health issue that needs to be addressed.

6. #JOBS: Aer Arann has announced that it is to create 50 jobs over the next year as the airline, which flies under the Aer Lingus brand, aims to double its passenger numbers over the next five years.

7. #LIFE’S A BEACH: A report by the European Commission has shown that Ireland’s beaches are among the EU’s cleanest with 97 per cent of them meeting EU standards.

8. #MEXICO: Soldiers have flooded Mexico’s troubled western state of Michoacan to rescue the town besieged by the Knights Templar drug cartel. The drug lords roam the area, burning businesses and homes of anyone who refuses to pay them protection money.

9. #SPOOKED: The Mayor of Dublin, Naoise O’Muiri, believes that the Mansion House is haunted after his four-year-old daughter Briona saw a ghost watching television early one morning, reports The Sun.

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