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Friday 8 December 2023 Dublin: 10°C

The 9 at 9 Including: leadership debates to kick off this Tuesday; Sarkozy turns on Irish corporate tax rate; and the US supplied details of UK nuclear secrets to Russia.

Every morning, brings you nine things you really need to know as you start your day.

1. #GE11: The first leadership debate is set for Tuesday night on TV3 – with or without Enda Kenny. Yesterday, Kenny ruled himself out of any programme involving TV3 presenter Vincent Browne, but the station says it is going ahead with its Tuesday debate co-presented by Browne and Ursula Halligan. A five-way debate on RTÉ is being planned for later this month, but the station has not confirmed the attendance of any party leaders yet.

2. #EUROZONE: Brian Cowen and Nicolas Sarkozy had “sharp exchanges” over Ireland’s corporate tax level at an EU summit yesterday, Arthur Beesley reports in the Irish TimesThe Wall Street Journal reports that plans by Sarkozy and Angela Merkel for reforming the eurozone were rejected by a majority of leaders at the summit.

3. #ROADS: A one-year-old boy has died following a car crash yesterday evening in Co Limerick. Gardaí are also investigating a separate crash in Co Louth in which one man in his 30s died.

4. #EGYPT: Anti-Mubarak protesters continue to demonstrate at Tahrir Square in Cairo after yesterday’s ‘Day of Departure’ failed to push the president to resign. Also this morning, Egyptian state television reports that a pipe which supplies gas to Israel from Egypt has been attacked and blown up, according to Haaretz.

5. #CLAIM: Mary Hanafin’s mother was granted €62,000 in compensation after falling and fracturing her arm during a visit to Leinster House, Niamh Lyons reports in today’s Irish Daily Mail.

6. #COURTS: A 19-year-old man has been found not guilty of the manslaughter of Garda Robbie McCallion who was killed after he was struck by a car in Letterkenny, Co Donegal in March 2009, the Irish Independent reports.

7. #HYPOTHERMIA: A friend and neighbour of Rachel Peavoy, who died of hypothermia last year, has said that she had advised Peavoy to get heaters from Social Services after Dublin City Council turned off their heating and refused to turn it back on despite the cold winter, the Irish Times reports.

8. #DRUGS: The number of methadone- and anti-depressants-related deaths in Ireland has risen dramatically between 2007 and 2008, with the majority of those deaths linked to legal substances, according to the Irish Examiner.

9. #WIKILEAKS: US diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks show that the US agreed to reveal details of Britain’s nuclear capability, despite the UK saying the US should not disclose that sensitive information, the Telegraph reports.