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The 9 at 9: Saturday

It’s finally the weekend – and here’s everything you need to know as we start the day.

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EVERY MORNING,TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories, a little before nine, you need to know with your morning coffee.

1. #GARDAGATE: Whistleblower John Wilson said in an interview last night that he believes Alan Shatter’s behaviour has been “deplorable” and he should resign.

2. #CREDIBILITY: It seems the public agrees with a new poll in the Irish Times showing 82 per cent think Shatter’s reputation has been damaged.

3. #HOUSING CRISIS: The government is planning to provide State loans to struggling builders to address the current housing shortage, the Irish Independent reports.

4. #DISCONNECTED: Expensive computer equipment in schools across the country is lying idle, the Irish Examiner reports, because of poor internet connections. The Department of Education said the devices are not dependant on an internet connection.

5. #DEMOCRACY: Voters in Afghanistan are going to the polls today to pick a new president in the country’s first ever transfer of power.

6. #REGULATION: The government has admitted that a new bill intended to protect consumers could actually lead to job losses and higher prices because of proposed regulation.

7. #SACKED: The operator of a train that derailed in Chicago when she fell asleep has been laid off. BBC reports she admitted it was not the first time she dozed off on the job.

8. #DRAMA: Coronation star Barbara Knox, also known as Rita, has been charged with drink driving, The Irish Sun reports.

9. #NOSTALGIA: Kurt Cobain died on this day 20 years ago. Here’s how one group of heartbroken Irish schoolfriends reacted

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