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Thursday 8 June 2023 Dublin: 12°C
The 9 at 9 Nine things to know this morning…

EVERY MORNING, brings you nine things you need to know with your first cup of coffee…

1. #BAILOUT: The €100billion EU bailout for Spain has been welcomed by finance minister Michael Noonan as IMF head Christine Lagarde also hailed the move. The Sunday Business Post reports that the Government will use the opportunity to lobby for a deal on Ireland’s bank debt.

2. #WALLACE: Pressure is growing on TD Mick Wallace over his tax affairs, with five fellow members of his Dáil technical group now saying he should resign, the Sunday Times reports. The paper adds that Wallace has cancelled his trip to Euro 2012 in Poland.

3. #KATE FITZGERALD: A new garda investigation has been launched into the death of Kate Fitzgerald, who was previously believed to have committed suicide, according to the Sunday Independent. The new inquiry is reportedly a response to possible suspicious circumstances around the death.

4. #COYBIG: Ireland’s Euro 2012 campaign kicks off tonight against Croatia at 7.45pm, with captain Robbie Keane saying they can win. The Green Army of fans will be led by President Michael D Higgins, who took a Ryanair flight to Poznan this morning – but as this pic tweeted by Sunday Times reporter Mark Tighe shows, he didn’t get the average Ryanair experience…

5. #PROPERTY TAX: The new property tax to replace the household charge is likely to be collected by the Revenue – meaning it can be deducted from pay and will not meet the same non-compliance problems as the household charge, the Sunday Business Post reports.

6. #THEFTS: With robberies of church relics and motorway art hitting headlines, we’ve been looking at the trends in theft during the recession. Here’s what criminals have taken to stealing.

7. #NO1 FOR TAX: Ireland is becoming a tax haven for pop stars, according to the Sunday Times which reports that Cheryl Cole, Olly Murs and JLS have all set up companies here to take advantage of our 12.5 per cent tax rate.

8. #IEC 2012: The 50th International Eucharistic Congress gets under way in Dublin today with 20,000 people expected to attend the televised opening ceremony. Pilgrims will go though 996 bottles of altar wine, with no fewer than 30 spare mitres on hand for bishops – here’s the IEC in numbers.

9. #BOUNTY: An al-Qaeda affiliate has stepped up its hunt for US leaders. Reuters reports that the Somalian al-Shabaab movement is offering 10 camels for information on the location of Barack Obama, with 10 chickens AND 10 roosters going to anyone who can lead them to Hillary Clinton.

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