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Saturday 9 December 2023 Dublin: 9°C

The 9 at 9 Nine things you need to know by 9am: Consumers warned to wash their salads as ecoli outbreak spreads; Britain prepares for a heatwave as Ireland gets its woollies out; and why one Booker prize winner believes he’s better than any woman writer.

Every day, brings you nine things you really need to know with your morning coffee.

1. #AER LINGUS: Aer Lingus will attend talks at the Labour Relations Commission this morning in an attempt to resolve a row over rostering. The airline has claimed that up to 30,000 passengers’ travel plans could be disrupted every day if the dispute by pilots goes ahead next Tuesday.

2. #RECESSIONOMICS: The free legal advice service Flac says there’s been a 400 per cent increase in the number of people seeking advice on financial issues in the last three years.

3. #NEIGHBOURS: Nine in ten Irish people know who their neighbours are; but only 57 per cent know them well and regularly interact with them. However, four in five people do not want more interaction with their neighbours, according to a new survey by Macra na Feirme reported in today’s Irish Times.

4. #FRENCH MAID: A former Ann Summers employee who was falsely accused of trying to stead a French maid’s outfit has been awarded €17,000 in the circuit civil court, the Examiner reports.

5. #EH?: Fancy a quick one down the “social hub”? Doesn’t have quite the same ring – but that hasn’t stopped a campaign by the Vintners’ Federation of Ireland to turn pubs into “social hubs”.

6. #NOT FAIR: Britain is preparing for a heatwave, with temperatures expected to reach 33 degrees, making it as hot as North Africa, the Telegraph gloats. Ireland, meanwhile, has been told the weather will get cooler next week with day time temperatures “well below normal”, according to Met Eireann.

7. #HONEYMOON MURDER: A Welsh couple, Ben and Catherline Mullany, were murdered in their honeymoon suite at a luxury hotel in Antigua during a botched robbery three years ago, a court has heard.

8. #ECOLI: Germany’s ecoli outbreak – which has now killed 17 people – “could last months”, the head of the country’s public health body has said. He added that “we may never know” the source of the infection. Meanwhile, people in Germany have been warned against eating raw lettuce, cucumbers and tomatoes, as health experts have advised people in other European countries to wash their salad vegetables.

9. #WOMEN WRITERS: The Booker-prize author VS Naipaul has said women writers will never be his equal. “Women writers are different, they are quite different. I read a piece of writing and within a paragraph or two I know whether it is by a woman or not. I think [it is] unequal to me.” He said this was due to their “sentimentality, the narrow view of the world. And inevitably for a woman, she is not a complete master of a house, so that comes over in her writing too”, the Telegraph reports.