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Dublin: 11 °C Monday 24 February, 2020

The 9 at 9: Thursday

Nine things to know this morning…

Image: Ross Whitaker

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

1. #DEBT CRISIS: Taoiseach Enda Kenny heads to Brussels today to meet with European Commission President Jose-Manuel Barroso over the continuing eurozone debt crisis. The talks are expected to focus on using existing structures to boost confidence in the eurozone. Barroso is meeting with a number of EU leaders separately to discuss efforts to tackle the crisis.

2. #COMPLAINTS: The Financial Services Ombudsman William Prasifka told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland this morning that his office is seeing an upward trend in the number of complaints against financial service providers which are being upheld. He said that the financial services industry is not getting to grips with problems in the sector.

3. #BOMB ATTACK: A bomb exploded outside the City of Culture offices in Derry last night. Police cleared the area before the explosion and no injuries have been reported. Separately, a bomb exploded on a street in Drumcondra, north Dublin overnight, damaging a car.

4. #CALIFORNIA: Eight people were killed and another person injured in a shooting at a hairdresser’s near LA yesterday.

5. #BY-ELECTION: Thirteen candidates, including six independents, are confirmed for the Dublin West by-election to fill the seat left by the late Brian Lenihan. The by-election is being held on the same day as the two referenda and the Presidential election, 27 October.

6. #DOLE: The ESRI says that the impression that people on the dole are better off than if they got a paid job is mistaken, and that only about 3 per cent of people earn more from social welfare than they would in employment.

7. #APPLE: Apple has secured a temporary ban on the sale of Samsung’s new Galaxy tablet in Australia in the latest episode of an ongoing patent dispute between the two tech companies, AP reports.

8. #OCCUPY WALL STREET: As the Occupy protest movement continues in US cities, one of Iran’s top leaders Ayatollagh Ali Khamenei claims that the protests are a sign of a serious problem in the US which will ultimately topple capitalism there, CBS reports.

9. #CELESTIAL SIGHTS: The moon and Jupiter will make a “spectacular sight” in the sky tonight, according to Astronomy Ireland, with Jupiter appearing about ten times brighter than the brightest star in the night sky.

In the meantime, check out this dramatic image of a full moon over Kathmandu, Nepal last night:

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