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The 9 at 9: Thursday

Good morning! Here’s everything you need to know as you launch yourself into Thursday…

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EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you need to know with your morning cup of coffee.

1. #CORRIB: The Garda Ombudsman is investigating the death of a man in the River Corrib in Galway last evening. It’s believed the man who died had been stopped at a garda checkpoint earlier yesterday.

2. #STUDENT: An 18-year-old DCU student has gone missing in London. Scotland Yard confirmed that Patrick Halpin was last seen leaving a nightclub off Leicester Square in the early hours of yesterday morning.

3. #TOOTHPASTE: The US Government has warned American and foreign airlines that terrorists could try to place explosives disguised as toothpaste on Russia-bound flights. The warning comes ahead of the opening of the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

4. #GRAVES: Locals in Castleisland in Kerry say they’re concerned about flooding in the town’s graveyard, according to this morning’s Irish Times. Graves have been under several inches of water since the start of the recent spell of bad weather. OPW minister Brian Hayes is due to visit the area today.

5. #TRACKER: Ulster Bank has moved to shut off the option for people in negative equity who move to a new property to keep their tracker mortgage, the Irish Independent reports. According to the paper, the bank will now only allow movers who are on good value trackers to keep that arrangement for five years, and at a much higher interest rate.

6. #COMEBACK: It’s looking increasingly likely that Former Fianna Fáil minister John O’Donoghue may contest the local elections this May, according to the Irish Examiner. The paper reports that O’Donoghue’s brother is stepping aside to allow the ex-TD to run in Kerry.

7 . #HOFFMAN: The results of an autopsy of Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman’s body have been inconclusive, and further tests have been ordered. The 46-year-old’s body was found in his New York home on Sunday. Police believe the actor died of a drug overdose.

8. #FLIGHT MODE: Taking a Ryanair flight today? You’ll now be able to use your smartphone during take-off and landing, the airline has confirmed. The move follows a ruling on the issue from the European aviation safety agency last year.

9. #BILL: “I did not have sexual relations with that man,” reads the headline in this morning’s Irish Sun. Actress Liz Hurley has said tabloid reports that she had an affair with Bill Clinton are “silly” and “in the hands of my lawyers”.

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