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Monday 29 May 2023 Dublin: 16°C
The 9 at 9 Nine things to know this morning, including: Germany stands tough on bailout negotiations; government to unveil jobs strategy; and campaign aims to calm Romans over fears major quake will strike tomorrow.

Every morning, brings you nine things you need to know as you start your day.

1. #BAILOUT: Germany continues to hold a strong line on Ireland’s bailout conditions, according to the Irish Times, and insists Irish negotiations are completely separate to the Greek situation. Meanwhile, speaking in Dublin yesterday, Enda Kenny insisted that there is no question of Ireland pulling out of the EU/IMF deal.

2. #SHOOTING: Gardaí have launched a murder investigation after a teenager who was shot in the head in Dublin yesterday afternoon died later from his injuries. Investigators have recovered a firearm thought to have been used in the incident and gardaí are still appealing for witnesses to come forward.

3. #JOBS: The government is to announce its jobs strategy today, which it says will be cost-neutral. The plan will include €30m for building and improving schools, generating around 3,000 mostly construction-related jobs.

4. #LIBYA: NATO forces have carried out eight air strikes in three hours on the Libyan capital Tripoli, striking Gaddafi’s residence and state television buildings. Al Jazeera reports that government officials say four children were wounded by flying glass in the strikes.

5. #COURTS: Two young men arrested yesterday and charged in connection with an arson attack on a garda ‘GoSafe’ camera van in March are due in court this morning. The third person arrested yesterday, a juvenile, was released without charge.

6. #OBAMACARE: Obama’s healthcare plan is set for its first federal appeal today when it comes before a three-judge panel, after a US district judge found the plan’s provision requiring individuals to buy health insurance or pay a penalty to be unconstitutional.

7. #RENTS: Rents rose in Dublin and Cork cities in the first quarter of 2011, but have generally remained stable since early 2010, according to the latest report by On average, rents are still 25 per cent lower than the peak of 2007.

8. #ITALY: Italian television station RAI has been running a campaign aimed at calming the fears of Rome residents who are concerned about a prediction allegedly made by a long-dead seismologist that the city will be struck by a devastating earthquake tomorrow, Reuters reports.

9. #GOVERNATOR: Former Governor of California, actor and bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger is separating from his wife Maria Shriver after 25 years of marriage. Shriver, the daughter of the late Eunice Kennedy Shriver, recently posted on her Facebook page that she was going through a “transition” in her life and asked for people’s advice on how they had handled changes in their lives.