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The 9 at 9: Thursday

Good morning! Here are the nine stories you need to know as you start your day.

EVERY MORNING TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories you need to know as you kick off your day.

1. #ABORTION: The Dáil has adjourned its debate on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill without holding a final vote following a marathon overnight session that lasted until 5 o’clock this morning. The debate is expected to resume after 4 o’clock this afternoon but it is still not known when a final vote will be held on the legislation.

2. #ABORTION PART 2: One of the biggest surprises of the night came from Labour party TD Michael McNamara who voted against the Government on the exclusion of fatal foetal abonormalities from the legislation. Labour party whip Emmet Stagg said the vote had been a mistake and McNamara will not lose the party whip. Fine Gael TD Lucinda Creighton voted with the Government on two votes on amendments but is expected to vote against it in the final vote.

3. #CASTLEBAR: A 26-year-old man is still being questioned in Castlebar Garda station over the killings of two elderly brothers in the Mayo town.

4. #MEDICAL CARDS: Cancer patients whose illness is not terminal will no longer be guaranteed a medical card, the Minister for Health James Reilly has said. The Examiner reports the Minister said that the Department of Health should examine each situation on a case by case basis to determine whether a medical card is required.

5. #ATTACK: A woman has been sentenced to 22 years in prison for her role in the attack on a 22-year-old Northern Ireland student who was studying in Chicago when she was badly beaten, leaving her unable to walk or talk, the Chicago Tribune reports.

6. #GONEZO: Europe’s longest serving leader, Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker, is to tender his resignation this morning and call snap elections following a spy scandal.

7. #CYBERBULLYING: A Government report is to recommend that cyberbullying should be made a crime, the Irish Times reports. The special rapporteur on child protection Dr Geoffrey Shannon makes the proposal in a report to be published today.

8. #BOSTON BOMBING: Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty to all charges in connection with the Boston Marathon bombing in April.

9. #EXCUSE ME: Fianna Fáil Senator Terry Leyden raised eyebrows in the Seanad yesterday when he described Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini as ‘good Christians’ during a debate about Seanad abolition. This didn’t go down well with his Seanad colleagues. You can watch what happened here.

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