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Monday 11 December 2023 Dublin: 10°C

The 9 at 9 Nine things to know this morning…

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

1. #HSE: The HSE has been paying staff pensions while they are still working and providing allowances for children who are older than claimed, according to a report in the Examiner.

2. #SHOOTING: A 53-year-old man who was seriously injured in a shooting yesterday at a caravan park on the Corballis Road, Co Dublin, remains in critical condition this morning. Gardaí continue to investigate the gun attack and suspect that two men were involved.

3. #E.COLI: Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney will be among the EU ministers holding a crisis meeting today on the outbreak of a deadly new E.coli strain in Germany as the search for the source of the outbreak continues. Twenty-three people have died as result of the outbreak so far, with all but one of the fatalities in Germany.

4. #JOBS: Computer company DELL is expected to announce over 100 new cloud-computing jobs in Ireland, with most going to its operations in the mid-west. Some new positions are also expected to be created in Dublin.

5. #SYRIA: The Syrian government has warned it will deal decisively with the gunmen it claims killed 120 of its security forces in a “massacre” in the north of the country, the Wall Street Journal reports.

6. #WIKILEAKS: US Embassy officials based in Ireland criticised Ireland’s healthcare system, according to US diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks and reported on today by the Irish Independent (print edition). The officials warned about lengthy waiting times and overcrowding at Irish hospitals.

7.#MENTAL HEALTH: A new UNICEF survey says that one in four Irish teens has felt suicidal in the past and half say they have felt depressed or suffered from depression. Less than one in five of those who say they consider their mental health issues ‘ongoing’ say that they are not receiving any help.

8. #YEMEN: The BBC reports this morning that British troops are waiting off the shore of Yemen for the possible evacuation of British citizens as political unrest continues.

9. #US: A 12-year-old boy in Florida has been charged with the murder of his two-year-old brother. The New York Daily News reports that, if convicted, Cristian Fernandez faces life in prison for the killing. The children’s mother also faces charges for allegedly attempting to cover-up the killing.

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