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Dublin: 11 °C Thursday 17 April, 2014

The 9 at 9: Thursday

Happy Halloween! 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 kick off your day.

1. #WATER RESTRICTIONS: The water supply in Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow is getting back to normal this morning after being shut off for eleven hours overnight in the first of at least five nightly stoppages. Some 1.3 million people are expected to be affected by the outage.

2. #JOBSWATCH: Danske Bank is to close its personal banking section in Ireland with the loss of 150 jobs. The bank – formerly known as National Irish Bank – said it had been unable to build a sustainable retail banking business and will instead focus on corporate clients.

3. #CHEMICAL WEAPONS: The international chemical weapons watchdog says Syria has destroyed all of its declared chemical weapons production facilities, according to a report seen by Reuters.

4. #HIGH COURT: The High Court will today hear the case of a teenage girl who was found outside the GPO in Dublin city centre earlier this month, RTE reports. The girl’s legal guardian is challenging the HSE decision to place the girl in a non-secure care facility.

5. #MICHAELA: A man questioned as part of the investigation into the murder of Michaela McAreavey is suing the Mauritian state for more than €3 million claiming he suffered police brutality, The Herald reports. Dassen Narayanen was the only person whose DNA was found at the murder scene.

6. #COLD WEATHER: Some pensioners are spending their days travelling on trains and buses to cut back on the cost of running their own home because they can’t afford to turn on their heating, the Irish Examiner reports

7. #SPYING: Google has said it is ‘outraged’ over reports that the National Security Agency in the US secretly tapped data centres used by Yahoo and Google. The NSA has denied the report.

8. #MIGRANTS: Rescue workers have found the bodies of 87 people who died of thirst as they tried to cross the Sahara, the BBC reports. The people – including 48 children – are believed to be migrant workers and their families.

9. #THINGS THAT GO BUMP: All set for Halloween tonight? Spare a thought for anyone who may have a tough time of it. Groups are asking the public to look out for elderly people and animals on what can be one of the noisiest nights of the year.

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