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Saturday 9 December 2023 Dublin: 9°C

The 9 at 9 Nine things you need to know by 9am: A hoax text message spreads panic in Asia, the Taoiseach and Tanaiste head to the USA for Saint Patrick’s Day and how happy twits flock together.

Every morning, brings you nine things you really need to know by 9am.

1. #NUCLEAR: The operators of the troubled Fukushima I nuclear power plant were forced to call all workers out of the facility for several hours overnight, after a significant spike in radiation was noticed.

2. #HOAX: A hoax text message claiming to be from the BBC, and warning that radiation from Fukushima had spread beyond Japan, has caused panic around Asia.

3. #ST PATRICKS DAY: Taoiseach Enda Kenny, his wife Fionnuala, and Eamon Gilmore fly to the United States today for St Patrick’s Day. The Taoiseach will meet Barack Obama and treasury secretary Timothy Geithner, while the Tanaiste will attend the NY Patrick’s day parade and meet Hillary Clinton. Here’s where the other ministers are going.

4. #CORK CRASH: The report into the Cork air crash is due to be published today. It’s reported that it will not make any findings as to the cause of the crash, but will outline what happened after the plane’s right wing clipped the runway.

5. #CHOPPER: The IMF’s Ajai Chopra’s back in town for meetings with Michael Noonan to discuss how Ireland’s going to meet the terms of our €85 billion bailout.

6. #SPEED CAMERAS: The country’s network of privatised speed cameras offering an extra 6,000 hours of traffic monitoring per month are due to be fully in place for St Patrick’s Day. Meanwhile, gardaí have expressed concerns over the number of attacks on speed cameras, the Irish Times reports.

7. #CRUELTY: A 26 year old man has pleaded guilty to cruelty, after he admitted swinging his two month old son back and forth by the leg for five minutes, the Irish News reports.

8. #JOYCE: A rare letter by James Joyce in which he rails against censorship, is to go on sale at Bohams auction house in London later this month, where it’s expected to fetch €20,000.

9. #TWITTER CLIQUES: A new study by Cornell university has found that cliques exist even on Twitter. The study found that happy people – or those scientifically described as having high rates of Subjective Well Being – were more likely to send and receive tweets from other people with high SWBs, while miserable twits were also more likely to stick together.