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Sunday 3 December 2023 Dublin: 4°C

The 9 at 9 Nine things to know this morning…

EVERY DAY, brings you nine things you should know with your morning cup of coffee.

1. #USA 2012: Newt Gingrich has won last night’s South Carolina primary, soundly beating front-runner Mitt Romney in the ongoing race to decide the Republican challenger to face Barack Obama in this November’s US presidential election. Gingrich, who was trailing behind Romney as late as last week, won decisively, despite allegations on Thursday by his second wife about their marriage and his affair.  Here’s an explainer on what happens now in the US Republican primaries.

2. #TROIKA: Colm McCarthy has said that the deal made with the troika isn’t working and that hostility from the ECB is damaging Ireland. In an article in the Sunday Independent, the economist said that the plan needs to be amended because it is both unfair and unlikely to work.

3#GET IRELAND WORKING: It’s not always the most likely source of new ideas but the Seanad has come up with a list of 54 ways to create jobs in Ireland. The ideas came about after an informal ‘think-tank’ was held in the upper house of parliament during the week to come up with constructive ideas to help get Ireland working.

4. #STATE ASSETS: The government is set to withdraw its controversial plan to sell off ESB to raise much-needed money – but Bord Gáis and Coillte are still on the chopping block, according to the Sunday Business Post. The Cabinet is due to meet to discuss state assets this week, but an interdepartmental group is reported to have advised that selling the minority stake in ESB would not be good value for taxpayers.

5. #SHELL TO SEA: The Shell To Sea action group is planning to come to Dalkey in Dublin to join a protest against a proposed oil rig off the coast of the affluent suburb. The Sunday Times reports that the campaigners will offer advice and support to locals who oppose plans to drill for oil off Dalkey Island.

6. #CORK: A 23-year-old man has been charged over the killing of a man whose body was found in Passage West, Cork, on Thursday night. Tony Leahy appeared at Cork District Court late yesterday afternoon in relation to the killing of a 24-year-old man, who is believed to have been stabbed.

7. #EU: Croatian votes are set to go to the polls today in a referendum to decide whether the former Yugoslav republic should join the European Union. Opinion polls suggest that the electorate will vote yes, reports the BBC.

8. #OFF THE HOOK: The new North Korean ambassador to Germany found himself on the front page of many of the country’s tabloids after he was caught fishing without a permit – but used his diplomatic immunity to wave away the police who caught him. Fishing in Germany is highly regulated and violations are normally punished with a fine.

9. #APPLAUSE: A 16 year old Dutch girl has become the youngest person to sail around the world alone. Teenager Laura Dekker arrived on the Caribbean island of Saint Martin yesterday almost exactly a year to the day since she set sail, reports the Daily Telegraph.

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