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The 9 at 9: Thursday

Nine things you need to know this morning…

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

1. #SUMMIT: Taoiseach Enda Kenny will join fellow EU leaders in Brussels today as the latest two day EU summit begins. Kenny is expected to push for decisions on banking supervision agreed in the June meeting to be implemented in full, RTE reports. However finance ministers from Germany, Finland and the Netherlands have argued that the European Stability Mechanism should only be used for “future” banks recapitalisations.

2. #ATTACK: A man charged with a violent sexual attack on a 17-year-old girl could avoid jail time if he agrees to pay €15,000 to the girl. 29-year-old Graham Griffiths who has previous convictions for assault said he had taken hallucinogenic drugs and alcohol on the night of the attack, The Irish Times reports.

3.#TAX: Revenue officials are warning of a shortfall of over €400 million in tax revenue next year because of cuts to resources which representatives told an Oireachtas Committee were down to the “bottom line”. Savings of €15 million in areas such as advertising, postage, printing and external IT resources will have a knock on effect that could cost as much as €407 million for Revenue. The Irish Daily Mail reports.

4.#ABORTION: Protests are expected in Belfast today over the opening of a Marie Stopes private sexual health clinic in the city. The Northern-Ireland based group Precious Life is to begin a rally at 10am close to the clinic’s offices while the clinic has urged supporters not to counter protest.

5. #WALES: Police in Wales are continuing to question a man today arrested on suspicion of the murder of Irish woman Catherine Gowing, from Co Offaly. The 46-year-old man has not been named but is known to the missing woman who disappeared last Friday, the Irish Times reports. Yesterday police appealed to the public for help in tracing the woman’s missing car which they believe will help them to find her.

6.#APPEAL: Gardaí in Limerick are appealing for help tracing a man who made a suspicious approach to a young girl. Gardaí told TheJournal.ie that this is the fourth such incident in the city in the last month. CCTV footage from the area has been examined and Gardaí are appealing for the driver of a red van to come forward to assist in their investigations, The Irish Examiner reports.

7. #WEATHER WATCH: The weather is set to ease of today following yesterday’s downpours but flooding and surface water is still hanging around. This morning Cork’s fire brigade service are on alert as water in the city was slowly rising due to the high tide and they said they were expecting more calls from people concerned about the rising water.

8. #DEPRESSION: Over three quarters of people with depression report experiencing some kind of discrimination according to a new study. Around 71 per cent actively wished to conceal their depression which has led to concerns that people with depression may not seek help due to fears of discrimination.

9. #DISAPPEARANCE: A team of British experts investigating the disappearance of toddler Ben Needham 21 years ago arrived in Greece yesterday to begin to dig up an area close to where he went missing. The 21 month old went missing on the island of Kos in 1991 after his mother and grandparents moved there from Sheffield.

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