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Dublin: 6 °C Monday 9 December, 2019

The 9 at 9: Wednesday

Nóra Quoirin’s family say they’re heartbroken, Irish universities’ grade inflation, and Greta Thunberg sets sail for NYC.

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

1. #NÓRA QUOIRIN: The family of Nóra Quoirin has released a statement saying that the cruelty of her being taken away from them is “unbearable”.

2. #GRADE INFLATION: First-class honours and 2.1 grades have increased significantly in most Irish universities, institutes of technology and colleges over the last ten years, an analysis by has found.

3. #BREXIT: The former UK Chancellor Philip Hammond has made a number of stark warnings about the risks of a no-deal Brexit, saying that it could break up the Union and lead to a “diminished and inward-looking little England”.

4. #IF YOU SPOT ANY SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY: Gardaí have foiled an attempted ATM robbery in Co Cavan overnight.

5. #GRET-SET, GO: Climate activist Greta Thunberg is sailing from England today to attend a UN climate summit in New York in September in order to travel emissions-free

6. #SELL-BY DATE: Dublin’s first Fruit & Vegetable Market in Smithfield will close next week for refurbishment, 16 years after its redevelopment was first planned.

7. #LOOK AWAY: Teenage girls may have their mental health compromised by the “very frequent use” of social media, according to a new study of over 10,000 13- to 16-year-olds in England. 

8. #QUEENSLAND: Four British men have been arrested after Australian police seize €55 million worth of “highest purity recorded” MDMA. 

9. #VIT DONEGAL: A Donegal GP told The Irish Times that vitamin D test results coming from the Letterkenny University Lab have been so low scientists first thought that there was something wrong with the machines.

In the eighth episode of our Ireland 2029 podcast series, we ask: should Ireland reintroduce wolves?

To hear about the possible benefits, discussions about whether it’s safe, and other information to help make your mind up, listen here.

Source: Ireland 2029/SoundCloud

Ireland 2029 is a podcast from, in partnership with Volkswagen. This episode was put together by presenter Daragh Brophy, producer and series producer Órla Ryan, and executive producer Christine Bohan. Editing by Daragh Brophy and Nicky Ryan. With thanks to Paula Lyne and our contributors.

Find a full list of all podcast providers here 

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