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Friday 1 December 2023 Dublin: 1°C

The 9 at 9 Good morning! Here are the nine things you need to know as you kick off your Sunday morning.

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

1. #ABORTION: According to the Sunday Times, a number of Fine Gael TDs are planning to force the coalition to abandon planned abortion legislation by building a “critical mass” of deputies and senators to vote against it.

The front page of the Sunday Independent also leads with the abortion issue, quoting extensively from recordings of pro-choice Labour politicians.

2. #RELATIONS: There will be no Sunday siesta for Taoiseach Enda Kenny today as he is in Spain for meetings with Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and German finance minister Wolfgang Schauble. He will also deliver a speech entitled, “Rebuilding Europe: How should, can the EU move on after the crisis?”

3. #DISASTER: The death toll in the building collapse disaster in Bangladesh is expected to rise from its current 363 as hopes for survivors fade. Workers have described how the complex developed cracks a day before the tragedy but bosses ordered staff to return to the production lines. The two engineers who gave the all-clear after an inspection have been arrested.

4. #INTERVIEW: “Do we really need two-and-a-half hours of religion class per week?” That was the question posed by Ruairí Quinn to teachers recently. Earlier this week, the Minister sat down with to talk about patronage, college fees and attending Margaret Thatcher’s funeral.

5. #WHO ARE THE BONDHOLDERS? A Sunday Independent investigation has revealed Bill Gates to be a “major Irish bank bondholder” ahead of the financial collapse. He held bonds in Anglo, Irish Nationwide, Bank of Ireland and AIB.

6. #MARRIAGE: Despite claims to the contrary by Senator Ronán Mullen and others, there were no formal complaints made to the Constitutional Convention about its recent hearings on same-sex marriage.

7. #BANKING: Legislation which will allow for a major inquiry into the night of the bank guarantee is expected in the next ten days, reports Cliff Taylor in the Sunday Business Post.

8. #CONFIRMED: Hundreds of sixth-class pupils across the country made their confirmation this month but two schoolchildren from Cork are preparing for an extra-special day as they are in the Vatican, waiting to be confirmed by Pope Francis.

9. #JOKES: The unusual tradition of the US President playing stand-up comedian at the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner happened last night. What do you reckon, funny or not?


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