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The 9 at 9: Thursday

Everything you need to know as you kick off your Thursday.

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EVERY MORNING, brings you the stories you need to know as you wake up.

1. #GE16: There’s bad news for the coalition as today’s Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll shows it is short of securing a majority in the general election. Fine Gael is down two points since the last poll in November. When undecided voters are excluded, Fine Gael is on 28% (down two points); Labour is on 7% (no change); Fianna Fáil is on 21% (up two); Sinn Féin is on 19% (down two) and independents/others are on 25% (up two).

2. #APPEAL: An appeal will be made this morning against the sentence handed down to a man who raped his girlfriend in her sleep. Magnus Meyer Hustveit received a suspended sentence last July after pleading guilty to one count of rape and one count of sexual assault against between 2011 and 2012.

3. #ASSANGE: Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has said he will turn himself over to British police tomorrow if a UN panel rules he has not been arbitrarily detained, after spending more than three years in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

4. #ROAD SAFETY: Christina Donnelly spoke to us about her campaign for stronger road safety laws and sentencing since the death of her son and his friend in 2009.

5. #SYRIA: World leaders will gather for a conference in London today in an attempt to raise €8.3 billion for those affected by the war in Syria, BBC News reports.

6. #ALAN SHATTER: The former minister spoke to us about his general election campaign balls.

7. THE BOSS: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will play Croke Park in Dublin on Friday 27 May.

8. #CAR CRASH: One of the two gardaí injured in a Galway crash in which a pensioner died is responding to medical treatment after being in a critical condition. The Irish Independent reports that Sharon Casserly has woken from a medically-induced coma.

9. #DEMENTIA: In the next Dáil’s lifetime 12,000 people will be diagnosed with dementia – an illness there’s no cure for. The research arm of Ireland’s first National Dementia Strategy is being launched today, with some €4.5 million in funding for seven new projects.

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