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Friday 8 December 2023 Dublin: 9°C

The 9 at 9 Good morning. Here are the nine stories you need to know as you start your day.

EVERY MORNING, brings you the nine stories you need to know as you kick off your day.

1. #CYPRUS: Banks in Cyprus remain closed today as political leaders scramble to find another bailout plan. President Nicos Anastasiades said a decision must be made today and is expected to vote on a ‘Plan B’ later. Meanwhile, the Minister of Finance Michalis Sarris remains in Moscow as he continues to explore the possibility of Russian participation in any bailout.

2. #EXEMPTIONS: Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan has revealed the properties that will be exempt from paying the Local Property Tax. To see if your house is one of the 5,000 exempt, check the Department of the Environment website and your relevant local authority.

3. #WEATHER: Two weather warnings have been issued by Met Éireann. The first is in place for Cavan, Monaghan and Donegal, with snow and ice expected until Sunday. Munster, Connacht and Leinster can also expect heavy rain over the next two days, which may lead to spot flooding in parts.

4. JOBSWATCH: Yahoo! is to expand its Dublin operations with the addition of 200 positions, while McAfee will establish a global R&D centre of excellence in Cork, creating up to 60 jobs. The Taoiseach Enda Kenny will announce the 260 new jobs during his US engagements later today.

5. #GARDA INJURED: A garda sustained a hand injury last night following an incident at Cork Marts in Corrin, Fermoy. A man in his 60s was arrested following the incident and remains in custody.

6. #COURT: A man in  his mid-30s is to appear in court this morning charged in relation to the recovery of a firearm in Tallaght on Tuesday. The weapon had been discarded from the vehicle he was driving.

7. #GILLARD: Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has apologised to the thousands of mothers who were forced by the government to give up their babies for adoption over several decades. Meanwhile, Gillard kept her position as PM earlier after she threw her job open to a leadership ballot but no one was willing to run against her.

8. #LUFTHANSA: Ground staff at Lufthansa, Germany’s biggest airline, are staging a strike causing hundreds of flights to be cancelled at several airports including Frankfurt and Munich. The walkouts are to expected to continue until late morning.

9. #GET GRAINNE HOME: The people of Dalkey in south Dublin have pulled together to support their neighbour Grainne Nelligan whose home and business were both destroyed in a fire three months ago. Nelligan, who is in poor health, had no insurance so friends and customers helped raise the money to get her back into her home.

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