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Thursday 30 March 2023 Dublin: 13°C
The 9 at 9 Nine things you need to know by 9am: Ratko Mladic to appeal extradition to face war crimes charges; nobody yet prosecuted over Ryan report revelations; and 11 people in Syria die as protests continue.

EVERY MORNING, brings you the nine things you need to know with your morning coffee.

1. #MLADIC: Former Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic will file an appeal against his extradition to the UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague today. Mladic, 69, is accused of war crimes including the Srebrenica massacre of 1995, in which 8,000 Muslim men and boys were murdered.

2. #RYAN REPORT: The government has told the UN’s Committee on Torture that nobody has yet been prosecuted over the revelations of ongoing child sexual abuse in some of the country’s residential institutions – contained the Ryan report and published two years ago.

3. #BAILOUT: The Department of Finance has attempted to reassure the public following comments by Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar that Ireland may have to request extra funds from the EU/IMF next year, reports the Irish Independent.

4. #HOSPITAL: The former chair of the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board, set up to develop the proposed €650 million children’s hospital, says the board does not have the expertise required to do its job, reports the Irish Examiner.

5. #JOBSWATCH: IT firm Marketo is to create 125 jobs in Dublin over the next three years. CEO Phil Fernandez said that the revenue-performance management specialists believed Ireland was a “European hub with a large talent pool of skilled people”.

6. #RETAIL: Retail sales fell again in April, according to the most recent figures released by the Central Statistics Office.

7. #GERMANY: German Chancellor Angela Merkel is facing pressure from her party’s backbenchers, reports the Irish Times. Critics are accusing her of abandoning the party’s core principles following her scrapping of compulsory military service and abandoning the party’s pro-nuclear policy in the wake of the Japanese nuclear crisis.

8. #SYRIA: At least 11 people have been killed by Syrian government forces as protests continue against the country’s leader President Bashar al-Assad, Reuters reports.

9. #iSCHOOL: A secondary school in Co Mayo has decided to get rid of text books and replace them with iPads. From this September, first year students at St Coleman’s College in Claremorris will be given the option of using a lightweight tablet – complete with a suite of learning apps – instead of piles of text books.

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