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Dublin: 6 °C Thursday 24 April, 2014

The 9 at 9: Friday

Here’s the nine stories you need to know this morning.

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

1. #X CASE: RTE’s Prime Time has seen part of the report by the expert group into implementing the ABC ruling on abortion in Ireland – and says that it seems to favour legislation rather than guidelines. Sinn Féin has said the leaking of the report one week before it is due to go before Cabinet was disgraceful and called on the government to publish the report immediately.

2. #EU BUDGET: Talks by EU leaders on the bloc’s budget for the next seven years are heading into their second day today after failing to reach any accord last night. German chancellor Angela Merkel said last night she doubts whether a deal can be reached at all.

3. #SAVITA: The board of the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) will meet this morning to decide whether or not to hold a statutory inquiry into the death of Savita Halappanavar. The Health Service Executive yesterday requested HIQA to investigate the death of the 31-year-old dentist after Praveen Halappanavar, Savita’s husband, repeatedly expressed his unhappiness with the planned HSE inquiry.

4. #COLD CASE: Gardaí are to open a cold case investigation into the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier in Cork in 1996 in a bid to catch the killer, the Daily Mail reports.

5. #KILFINANE: A blockade by parents at a school in Limerick to prevent builders from removing fittings from the school in a dispute over payment has ended and the school is expected to open as usual this morning. The Kilfinane National School had sought a High Court order to remove the men from the school property during the stand-off yesterday evening.

6. #RTE: The co-author of a report into RTE’s handling of the Frontline presidential debate in October 2011 has defended the report and said that it is not missing key information. Speaking on Morning Ireland, Rob Morrison said the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland was wrong to imply that the RTE report was in any way incomplete or watered down.

7. #CANCER: One person is dying in Ireland every second day from cancer caused by radon gas, with one in four Irish homes recording high radon levels. The Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland has said that up to 2000 people have died over the past decade from a radon-induced lung cancer.

8. #EGYPT: Egypt’s recently-elected president Mohamed Morsi has been criticised for granting himself sweeping new powers, raising questions about the country’s direction after last year’s uprising which ousted dictator Hosni Mubarak. Opposition forces denounced the declarations by Morsi as a coup and called for nationwide protests today.

9. #ADIOS: Mexican president Felipe Calderon has proposed changing Mexico’s name from Mexico to… Mexico. With just eight days left in office, Calderon wants to change the country’s official name from the United Mexican States to just plain old Mexico. Buena suerte with that (that means ‘good luck’ in Spanish…)

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