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Monday 4 December 2023 Dublin: 5°C

The 9 at 9 Nine things you need to know this morning…

EVERY DAY, brings you nine things you need to know with your morning cup of coffee.

1. #DEVASTATING: A family has been left with a bill of over half a million euro after the High Court awarded half the costs of a 10-year legal battle against them. Linda and Anthony Duffy from Cabinteely in Dublin had lost a case they had taken over alleged negligence by the National Maternity Hospital on the birth of their son Mark in 2002. The couple gave an emotional interview on RTÉ’s Six-One yesterday evening.

2. #DEATH: Gardai are probing the death of a 24-year-old man whose body was found in Waterford in the early hours of this morning.

3. #US 2012: The two contenders for vice-president in the White House, Joe Biden and Paul Ryan, had it out in their only televised debate last night. Who won? Check here - but also check here.

4. #MRSA: Twenty-three newborns in Mayo General Hospital in Castlebar have contracted MRSA , reports Caroline Crawford in the Irish Independent – health officials told that the babies are carrying the bacterium on their skin but have not fallen ill.

5. #CHILD PORN: It is taking gardai up to three years to process some child pornography cases, Cormac O’Keeffe reports in today’s Irish Examiner. Cutbacks to resources, especially to the Garda Computer Crime Investigations Unit, are being blamed.

6. #MISDIAGNOSIS: The HSE has issued an apology in the High Court to Olive Fahey, a woman whose breast cancer was misdiagnosed three times, reports the Independent and the Irish Times.

7. #VIDEO: A mobile phone video of two female secondary school students from Cork engaged in a physical fight is going viral on social media (with the Twitter hashtag #firstyearfight). Gardai are investigating the incident, they told this morning.

8. #BALI: The 202 victims of the 2002 Bali bombings are being remembered today on the 10th anniversary of the atrocity. The victims included Irishman Ed Waller who was based in Hong Kong and had been on a rugby trip to Bali with friends at the time of the attack.

9. #SMARTPHONE WARS: Samsung has today unveiled a compact version of its Galaxy S III smartphone – meant to rival the Apple iPhone5 – according to AFP. In more good news for them, the BBC says that a US court has ruled that its Galaxy Nexus can go on sale, lifting an injunction which existed since June in its ongoing patents battle with Apple.

NEW! The Dredge: Does Justin Bieber have a sex tape? – The day’s best celebrity dirt over on The Daily Edge>

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