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The 9 at 9: Friday

It’s Friday – and here’s everything you need to know before 9am.

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

1. #REHAB Angela Kerins officially steps down as Chief Executive of the Rehab Group today, but is expected to continue to help in its running for a further period. The PAC said it still expects her to appear before it next week.

2. #MALAYSIA The search for the missing flight MH370 plane has entered a new phase as underwater searches begin in the Indian Ocean. The search teams are also using ‘pinger locators’ to hunt for the plane’s black box.

3. #FOOD BANKS Food banks are to be set up by charities across Ireland to help feed  thousands of people suffering from food poverty. The first bank will open in Cork in June, and the second will be opened in Dublin.

4. #HOUSES At least 80,000 housing units are needed to support the population over the next five years, says the Government’s Housing Agency. Almost half (47 per cent) are required in Dublin.

5. #EIRCOM Up to 30,000 Eircom customers have been sent bills for backdated payments after the company failed to collect their direct debits from January 2014. Eircom says it was its system’s fault, but it wants customers to pay the money in bulk.

6. #ATTACK A security guard suffered burns to his face after he was stabbed and had chemicals thrown at him at the Northside Shopping Centre in Coolock. The Herald says that an ‘unknown substance’ was thrown at him.

7. #GARDAGATE The GardaGate controversy is damaging Fine Gael’s election campaign, MEP Mairead McGuinness has claimed. She said that the slips in recent opinion polls are a “wake up call” for the party”.

8. #SHARK ATTACK Goggles and a swimming cap belonging to a woman thought to have been taken and killed by a shark in Australia have been found, along with a small amount of human remains. Christine Armstrong (63) disappeared yesterday.

9. #EBOLA Liberia has reported a suspected Ebola outbreak, which is believed to be unconnected to the epidemic in neighbouring Guinea. Meanwhile, Mali has also detected three suspected victims of the deadly disease.

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