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Saturday 9 December 2023 Dublin: 10°C

The 9 at 9 Good morning! Here are nine things to know before you start your day…

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

1. #DOUBLE MURDER: Gardaí investigating the brutal fatal stabbing of Jolanta Lubiene and her daughter Enrika in Killorglin earlier this month have arrested a 26-year-old man. He is currently being questioned about the shocking murders at a local station, where he can be held for up to 24 hours.

2. #COSTA DEL SOL: There was more tragic news from the Department of Foreign Affairs this morning as it confirmed an Irish mother and daughter were shot dead in a suspected murder-suicide at their apartment on the Costa del Sol.

3. #DEAL DONE: EU finance ministers have agreed a deal which will see losses imposed on investors and wealthy savers of any failing banks in the future. The agreement has been described as a “major milestone” by Irish Minister Michael Noonan who chaired the meeting into the early hours of this morning.

4. #ANGLO TAPES: David Drumm, the top man at Anglo Irish Bank when it collapsed in 2008, is the central figure in the recordings released by the Irish Independent on day four of its Secret Tapes scoop. He is heard telling a colleague that  he would “lose the plot” if the didn’t get his way in talks with the Central Bank. His strategy? “Get into the f**king simple speak: We need the moolah, you have it, so you’re going to give it to us and when would that be? We’ll start there.”

5. #PROPERTY: Struggling homeowners will be studying the Central Bank’s code of conduct for mortgage arrears this morning. The new rules will allow banks make arrangements for borrowers to leave their tracker mortgage and move onto another type of loan as an alternative to losing their property. Find out about the other changes here.

6. #JOBS: Some good news on the jobs front for those in Dublin today. The IDA has announced 90 new positions in “fast-growing” digital companies in the capital.

7. #CAREFUL, NOW: Gardaí have warned motorists about driving tomorrow, a day they have dubbed ‘Fatal Friday’, asking them to be extra cautious. The final day of the working week is the most dangerous on Irish roads and, so far this year, 91 people have been killed in collisions.

8. #DOWN UNDER: The Lions have lost one Irish giant in Paul O’Connell but the country’s representation will remain the same during Saturday’s Test game against the Wallabies as Tommy Bowe has been called up, despite that injury to his hand. He will join Irish teammates Brian O’Driscoll, Jonathan Sexton and Jamie Heaslip in Melbourne.

9. #TUCK SHOP: Irish politicians don’t have much of a sweet tooth, it seems. An Siopa – the €1.3 million glass-walled newsagent inside the gates of Leinster House – is to close its doors as it is not making enough money, reports the Irish Times.

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