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The 9 at 9 Nine things you need to know this morning…

EVERY DAY, brings you nine things you need to know with your morning coffee…

1. #POLL: Support for the Government coalition has dropped sharply in the wake of the Budget – with Fine Gael falling seven points and Labour four in a new Behaviour and Attitudes poll for the Sunday Times. Meanwhile, voter satisfaction with the Government decreased 10 points to just 26 per cent.

2. #REFERENDUM: Any referendum on the new European fiscal agreement would only be passed by voters if Ireland got a substantial reduction on its IMF/EU bailout debt – and the Government is pressuring EU leaders for a deal, the Sunday Business Post reports.

3. #IRAQ: The nine-year war in Iraq appears to have finally come to an end after the last truckload of US troops left the country during the night – crossing the Kuwaiti border at 4.38am Irish time, Voice of America reports.

4. #PROPERTY TAX: The Government’s property tax is likely to work out at an average €350 per house when it is introduced in two years’ time, the Sunday Business Post reports. The tax will replace the new €100 household charge.

5.  #OCCUPY: A New York bishop was among 35 people arrested in the city yesterday when Occupy Wall Street protesters attempted to take over another Manhattan park. Bishop George Packard is a decorated Vietnam veteran, the New York Post reports.

6. #TOSCAN DU PLANTIER: It’s emerged that Ian Bailey was not the only suspect in the 1996 murder of French filmmaker Sophie Toscan du Plantier. According to the Sunday Business Post, DPP documents name another man who regularly stayed at her home in Schull, west Cork.

7. #GANLEY: Former Libertas leader Declan Ganley has launched a legal action against RTÉ Prime Time. According to the Sunday Independent, Ganley believes that a 2008 profile of him contained “extremely serious, defamatory” allegations.

8. #DIET PILL: Scientists may be close to developing a so-called ‘diet pill’ which would help people lose weight without serious side effects, the Sunday Times reports. The compound, currently in clinical trials, would work by taking away the pleasure of eating.

9. #TALKING TURKEY: Is it time to take the turkey off the Christmas table? Writing for this morning, Frank Armstrong tells us that we should look elsewhere for our dinner next week – saying turkeys are grossly overweight and “bred so they can’t have sex”.

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