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Friday 8 December 2023 Dublin: 9°C

The 9 at 9 Nine things to know this morning…

EVERY MORNING, brings you the nine things you need to know as you start your day.

1. #MAHON: A junior minister has called for the pensions being paid to politicians identified as corrupt by the Mahon Tribunal to be cut off, but says that the move would require a constitutional amendment.

2. #LIMERICK: The Limerick family whose son was shot dead in 2009, four years after members of the family testified against gang member Wayne Dundon, has left Ireland to start a new life abroad. Paul Williams reports in the Sun that Steve Collins, his wife and children said they could not live a normal life in Ireland because of the constant fear of attack from the McCarthy-Dundon gang.

3. #FRANCE: The brother of the man who is believed to have shot seven people dead in three separate attacks has been charged in connection to the murders. Abdelkader Merah, 29, is suspected of complicity in murder, theft, and involvement in terrorism, but denies the charges.

4 #HOUSEHOLD CHARGE: Confusion continues over the household charge payment after Joan Burton suggested yesterday that people would be able to make the €100 payment via a post office. Her cabinet colleague Phil Hogan later clarified that this measure is not being put in place and the end of March deadline is still in place.

5. #NUCLEAR ARMS: US President Barack Obama has pledged to push for a “world without nuclear weapons”. Obama is on a state visit to South Korea, where a major international nuclear summit is being held today.

6. #DRUGS: A report quoted in the Irish Times has found that almost two-thirds of intravenous drug users who participated in a study have died since the study launched 25 years ago. Of those deaths, half were as a result of HIV.

7. #BUSINESS: Small business are in danger of collapsing because of late payments from bigger organisations, according to ISME. Some companies said they’ve had to wait more than four months before receiving payments owed to them.

8. #TITANIC: Almost one hundred years after striking an iceberg and sinking to the ocean floor, here are some of the incredible images National Geographic has captured of the Titanic.

9. #EXPLORATION: Hollywood director James Cameron has succeeded in his bid to dive to the Earth’s deepest point. Cameron and his team used a specially-designed submarine to dive to depths of almost seven miles at the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean:

(Video via AssociatedPress)

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