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The 9 at 9: Wednesday

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

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

1. #GARDAGATE: It will be a major day in the Dáil as politicians debate yesterday’s extraordinary events. Minister Alan Shatter will begin proceedings with a 15-minute statement on the revelations about An Garda Síochána from 10.45am.

Stick with TheJournal.ie as we liveblog all the action.

2. #GARDAGATE II: Meanwhile, RTÉ reports that the Department of Justice was informed earlier this month that journalists and a witness in a criminal investigation were among those whose calls were recorded and kept in garda stations.

3. #MH370: The search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane resumed in the Indian Ocean this morning as weather conditions in the area improve. Search teams still have to deal with other complications though, including underwater volcanoes and the fact that the zone is “as close to nowhere as it’s possible to be”.

4. #MUDSLIDE: Rescue teams in Snohomish County have found no signs of life in the devastated village of Oso, northeast of Seattle. The offical death toll from the mudslide – now at 24 – is expected to rise to 176.

5. #PANTIGATE: It’s not all about GardaGate in Leinster House today. RTÉ bosses will also be around to answer questions about the fallout from a Saturday Night Show interview with Rory O’Neill (aka Panti).

6. #THE PICTURES: The Odeon cinema in Stillorgan, Dublin has been put on the market. But if you fancy owning your own movie theatre, it will set you back an investment figure of €3.5 million.

7. #BITCOIN: The taxman in the US has decided that Bitcoin (if you don’t know what that is: read here) is a taxable property and not a currency, reports the New York Times.

8. #QUEEN OF CRAIC: You’ve all the seen the pictures of Queen Elizabeth and Niall Horan having the chats, right? According to Mark Hennessy, the Irish Times London Editor, “Her Majesty seemed to enjoy the craic” at her shindig for Irish people in Buckingham Palace last night.

9. #SPLITSVILLE: Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin are “conscious uncoupling”. Or breaking up, as you and I know it.

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