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Monday 11 December 2023 Dublin: 8°C

The 9 at 9 Nine things you need to know this morning.

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

1. #FOOD POVERTY: One-tenth of the Irish population is living in a state of ‘food poverty’ according to a study which is to be released by the Department of Social Protection today. RTÉ reports that being unable to afford a meal with meat (or protein equivalent), missing a meal at least once every two weeks because of lack of money, and being unable to afford a weekly roast dinner are main criteria for measuring deprivation.

2. #JOBSWATCH: Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Minister Richard Bruton is having a good start to the week. Hot on the heels of yesterday’s €8m Munich Re investment announcement, he announced today that five companies are locating to Ireland and creating 122 new jobs.

3. #CHARITY: A drop in donations is being highlighted by the latest directors’ report from Barnardos children’s charity, which experienced a €1.5m shortfall in funding in 2011.

4. #KARADZIC: The former Bosnian Serb wartime leader Radovan Karadzic is opening his defence in a Hague court today against allegations of war crimes and genocide. One of the charges concerns the slaughter of nearly 8,000 men and boys in Srebrenica in 1995.

5. #WET WET WET: That isn’t a very pleasant morning out there is it? Cheer up – it clears a little throughout the day – but there is a risk of localised flooding again this evening, warns Met Éireann.

6. #SHOPPING: Which supermarket has shown the largest growth (relative to its presence here) in its hold on Irish shoppers? That would be low-cost chain Aldi. A grocery market study shows that when it comes to the biggest player, however, every little helps

7. #ESRI: What could Irish businesses learn from Singapore? Quite a lot, according to a study from the Economic and Social Research Institute, which has examined how we could apply the lessons of its small, open economy here.

8. #SMOKING: While the government presses ahead with plans to ban smoking in cars, a study from Scottish scientists - cited on BBC online -  has found that smoking in a vehicle, even with the windows open and with just one cigarette, creates an unsafe breathing environment.

9. #COYBIG: Will tonight’s Ireland game against Faroe Islands be the last one for manager Giovanni Trapattoni? Our friends and readers at are discussing that this morning. As for the man himself… perhaps he’s clinging on to the motto in the banner behind him at the Oman match last month:

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