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Wednesday 6 December 2023 Dublin: 8°C

The 9 at 9 Nine things you really need to know by 9am: Three investigations underway into gas leak at a Cork hotel; YouTube offers a glimpse inside the mind of Jared Lee Loughner, and the Beckhams’ good news.

Every morning, brings you nine things you really, really need to know by 9am.

1. #GAS LEAK: The woman who died in a suspected gas leak while at a hen party in a Kinsale hotel has been named in some of today’s papers. Miriam Reidy was found unconscious just before 2pm yesterday. Her sister, Patricia, is in a critical condition, and 11 others required hospital treatment. It has emerged that two people staying at the hotel required medical treatment on Saturday night after they became violently ill, RTE reports. A garda forensic team is on the scene.

2. #DOUBLE KILLING: Post mortems are due to be carried out today on the bodies of two people who were found yesterday with gunshot wounds in a house in Limerick’s Southill estate. Des Kelly, 23, had been involved in a number of shootings in the city, and was jailed for his part in a fatal accident in 2008, in which a young girl was killed, according to the Examiner. His body was found downstairs, while the body of 28-year-old Breda Waters was found upstairs.

3. #COWEN: Brian Cowen is coming under pressure to give more details of his relationship with Sean Fitzpatrick in the run-up to the 2008 bank guarantee scheme, after it emerged in yesterday’s Sunday Times that they had played golf and had dinner together. The Green Party says it has “some concerns”, while Fine Gael’s Alan Shatter has called for the gardai to question Cowen about the meeting, The Mirror reports.

4. #OMAGH: Four men will today begin a court appeal after they were successfully sued by families bereaved in the Omagh bombing, the BBC reports.

5. #CLAIMS: Menolly Homes has told the 550 Dublin homeowners suing it over structural defects that it can’t afford to pay compensation in the event of any successful claims, the Irish Times reports.

6. #MEG WALSH: The family of murdered Cork woman Meg Walsh, whose body was found floating in the River Suir in Waterford in 2006, has appealed to the Minister for Justice to “bring justice” to them in relation to her death. Walsh was reported missing following a row at the home at Ballinakill Downs which she shared with her husband John O’Brien. In May 2008, he was acquitted of his wife’s murder, following a trial at the Central Criminal Court, the Irish Times reports.

7. #ARIZONA: 22-year-old Jared Lee Loughner is due to appear in court again today, after he was charged with the attempted assassination of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. He could face the death penalty, the BBC reports. Videos he had posted on YouTube have emerged, showing a rambling mind obsessed with mind control, and grammar.

8. #FACE OF HOPE: The nine year old girl, Christina Taylor Green, who was also shot dead appeared in a book called Faces of Hope, as she was one of the children born on September 11, 200. Her mother Roxanna has appealed for an end to the hatred. Her grandfather, baseball hero Dallas Green, said the family will never get over her death.

9. #BECKHAMS: David and Victoria Beckham are expecting their fourth child, the Daily Mail reports. The dad-to-be posted the news on his Facebook page last night.