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The 9 at 9: Thursday

Here are the nine stories you need to know as you kick off your day.

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

1. #SAVITA: Praveen Halappanavar has launched legal proceedings against the HSE for alleged negligence over the death of his wife Savita at Galway University Hospital in October 2012. RTE reports that Halappanavar has said the legal action will be a way to get to the truth of what happened and that there is still no clear explanation of why Savita died.

2. #EGYPT: Mohamed Morsi is under house arrest in Cairo and a new interim president is to be sworn in as president, hours after Egypt’s first democratically elected leader was overthrown by the military. Millions of anti-Morsi protesters around the country erupted in celebrations after the coup was announced on television by the army chief.

3. #ANGLO: Former Anglo CEO David Drumm has named eight people – including former taoiseach Brian Cowen, the financial regulator during the boom Patrick Neary, and former Central Bank governor John Hurley – who he says should be asked about the circumstances surrounding the bank guarantee. In an interview with Niall O’Dowd published in The Star this morning, Drumm said Merill Lynch staff, who may have been present on the night of the controversial guarantee, should also be asked about their roles.

4. #PAY DAY: Around 292,000 public servants will feel the first effects of the Haddington Road Agreement on public sector pay and reform today when they receive their first pay cheque since the implementation of the deal. Cuts aimed at high earners will see people earning over €65,000 having their pay decreased by at least 5.5 per cent.

5. #STRIKE?: Dublin Bus drivers are to ballot on whether to take industrial action after 93 per cent of drivers rejected proposals to cut their pay and change the conditions of their employments. The 1,200 drivers who are members of SIPTU will be asked if they want to strike over the dispute with management.

6. #ARRESTS: Gardaí have arrested nine men in connection with dissident Republican activity following separate raids in Cloghran and Tallaght in Dublin. Bomb components and ammunition were also seized in the searches.

7. #FOR SALE: The Government is putting 40 former garda stations up for sale because it cannot find alternative State uses for the empty buildings. Just over half of the stations – all of them in rural areas – are to be put up for sale initially, with ads published today looking for estate agents interested in disposing of the properties.

8. #SNOWDEN: Bolivian president Evo Morales has criticised the US upon his arrival back in his country after his plane was diverted over suspicions that US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden was travelling with him, AFP reports. Morales called on countries in Europe to “free themselves from the US empire”.

9. #RIP: The man who invented the computer mouse, Doug Engelbart, has died at the age of 88. Engelbart developed the now-omnipresent device in the 1960s, and later worked on early incarnations of email and word processing  the BBC reports. He didn’t make a lot of money from it however, because the patent ran out in 1987 before personal computers became widely used.

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