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Monday 2 October 2023 Dublin: 14°C
The 9 at 9 Good morning! Here’s nine things you really should know before 9am…

EVERY DAY, brings you nine things you need to know with your morning cup of coffee.

1. #DEATH: Gardaí are treating as suspicious the death of a man in his 60s in Waterford city last night. A 47-year-old  man and a 39-year-old woman have been arrested for questioning.

2. #MISSING: A search for a 43-year-old fisherman who failed to return home after taking his currach out to sea yesterday evening has resumed off Inish Mór. RTÉ reports that Valentia Coast Guard teams have found a boat but there is still no sign of the fisherman.

3. #LEVESON: James Murdoch, son to Rupert and former chairman of News International, is to appear before the Leveson Inquiry into UK press standards at 10am today. He will be quizzed on whether he was aware that the practice of phone-hacking was more widespread at the News of the World and not just confined to the rogue behaviour of one reporter, Clive Goodman.

4. #RAPE TAPE: The Garda Ombudsman’s report into the so-called Corrib gas “rape tape” controversy is to be published this afternoon. The Irish Independent says that the five gardaí at the centre of the probe will be cleared of any serious wrongdoing.

5. #FLOODS: As Ireland faces a weather warning that a month’s worth of rain could fall in 36 hours, it has been revealed that the majority of flood repair work recommended by Dublin City Council has not yet been completed.

6. #DEATH PENALTY: Californians will be asked to vote on whether the State should abolish the death penalty as the measure has qualified for a ballot in November. The alternative punishment would be a lifetime jail sentence without parole.

7. #MARATHON DEATH: Charity organisation Samaritans has said it is overwhelmed by the response from people giving money in memory of Claire Squires, the 30-year-old runner who died while participating in the London Marathon on Sunday. More than £231,000 has been put into a tribute fund after 21,000 people logged on to donate to the hairdresser’s fundraising page.

8. #DRUGGED: Baby, the elephant who crushed a circus worker and broke free from her pen in Cork last month, has tested positive for drugs, according to the Irish Examiner. Another elephant, Belinda, also had opiates in her system. Circus bosses have said the results prove that the animals’ food was tampered with by an outside source.

9. #BIRTHDAYS: Ireland’s Taoiseach and Tánaiste share more than a bench in the Dáil – they also have the same birthday. Both Enda Kenny and Eamon Gilmore are celebrating their 61st and 57th birthdays today. Cake anyone?

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