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Friday 8 December 2023 Dublin: 9°C

The 9 at 9 Nine things to know this morning: Victory on our bailout interest, former NotW editor drops bombshell on James Murdoch, and Simon Cowell’s latest legal headache

EVERY DAY, brings you nine things you really ought to know with your morning coffee.

1. #BAILOUT: Enda Kenny has declared an end to Ireland’s economic war with France, after Eurozone leaders agreed to a new financial package that will see the interest rate on some of Ireland’s bailout loans slashed significantly – without us having to increase the corporate tax rate. Along with Greece and Portugal, we’ll also have longer to pay our loans back. The moves are set to save Ireland between €600m and €800m.

2. #INSTITUTIONS: Ruairí Quinn is today preparing to hold a meeting with representatives from religious congregations who ran children’s institutions, over the €200m they’re still due to cough up for child abuse compensation. It’s still not known, though, exactly how many of them plan to show up to the meeting.

3. #CLOYNE: The Vatican is preparing a ‘considered response’ to Enda Kenny’s unprecedented attack in the Dáil on Wednesday – but the Irish Times says that in the meantime, Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi has paved the way for a response by calling for an ‘objective’ debate.

4. #COURTS: A man who drove into a Garda patrol car and killed a young officer inside it, after a 180kmh chase to get away from another squad car, has been jailed for seven years.

5. #BREAD RINGERS: Two of the country’s best-known bakeries have gone to court over a dispute about whether one is deliberately ripping off the packaging designs of the other. The Irish Times reports that McCambridge is suing Brennans Bread, claiming that the packaging for the latter’s brown bread is a rip-off of its own.

6. #HACKGATE: James Murdoch has been accused of misleading Tuesday’s House of Commons hearing over how much he knew about the News of the World’s voicemail-hacking. The paper’s former editor Colin Myler and its former lawyer Tom Crone say Murdoch had seen a copy of an email which would have exposed how widespread the tactic was – something Murdoch Jr denied on Tuesday.

7. #OKLAHOMA: A 21-year-old has been jailed for three years for sexual battery – after pretending to be autistic and taking to wearing nappies, so that he could hire babysitters and behave like a child.

8. #LUCIAN FREUD: Painter Lucian Freud, a totemic figure in the art world for half a century, has died at the age of 88. The realist painter, famed for his intense portraits, was a grandson of psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud and died at his London home after an illness.

9. #EX FACTOR: Two of the most powerful men in pop music are set for another battle in court. Former Spice Girls manager Simon Fuller, who created the Pop Idol franchise, is suing his former friend Simon Cowell for some of the earnings from the US version of The X Factor. Fuller got his name into the British X Factor credits in 2005 after a court agreement, but Cowell says that shouldn’t apply to the US version.

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