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The 9 at 9: Saturday

Good morning! Here are nine things to know before you start your day…

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EACH DAY, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you should know with your morning cup of coffee.

1. #ROAD DEATH: A man in his 40s has been killed in a single vehicle collision in Dundalk last night. The man, who was the sole occupant of the car, was seriously injured and was taken to hospital where he was later pronounced dead. Gardaí are appealing for witnesses.

2. #ROBBERY: A convicted bank robber has been awarded €150,000 after being slashed across the face and body by another inmate at Wheatfieled prison. The decision has sparked outrage among politicians, the Irish Daily Mail reports, with Fianna Fáil saying it may set a dangerous precedent that would cost the State a huge amount of money in the future.

3. #HEALTH INSURANCE: Insurers have warned that the government’s proposed new public bed charge, included in legislation published yesterday, will lead to an increase of over 30 per cent in premiums. Insurance Ireland said that the move could also discourage people from buying private insurance and destabilise the market in Ireland.

4. #HADDINGTON ROAD: The union representing 6,000 members of the public sector has said that its ballot overwhelmingly rejected the Haddington Road proposals. Unite representatives say they are now considering legal advice regarding aspects of the legislation passed by the government to cut public sector pay.

5. #RIP: The funeral of three brothers who drowned off the coast of Waterford this week while fishing, will take place today. Yesterday the family of Shane, Paul and Kenneth Bulger asked mourner to make donations to the RNLI instead of buying flowers.

6. #SEANAD: The latest Irish Times/Ipos MRBI poll has shown that 55 per cent of people want to see the Seanad abolished. Younger voters were the weakest supporters of the abolition with 62 per cent of Fine Gael supporters backing it.

7. #PINTS: There was a five per cent increase in profits for the Dáil bar last year, the Irish Independent reports this morning. The restaurant also made a bigger profit last year of €152,332 feeding hungry politicians .

8. #IRAN: Early results in Iran’s election indicate moderate cleric Hassan Rowhani has taken the lead, bolstered by a late surge in support from supressed Iranian reformists, AFP reports. The first round results gave Rowhani 52 percent of the vote, more than three times as many as his nearest rival.

9. #I SPY: Facebook has revealed that it received up to 10,000 requests for user data from US government entities in the second half of last year alone. BBC reports that the social-networking site said the requests covered issues from local crime to national security.

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