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The 9 at 9: Thursday

Good morning! Here are the nine things you need to know as you kick off your day.

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EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine things you need to know as you start your day.

1.#OHIO: Ariel Castro, a 52-year-old ex-bus driver has been charged with the rape of 27-year-old Amanda Berry, 23-year-old Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight (32). He also faces four counts of kidnapping related to the three women and Berry’s six-year-old daughter Jocelyn, who was born in captivity.

2. #BANGLADESH: A fire at a garment factory has killed at least eight people in the latest disaster to hit Bangladesh’s textile industry, still reeling from the deaths of more than 900 people in a building collapse on 24 April.

3. #EMIGRATION: A survey by the National Youth Council of Ireland has showed that over one-quarter of Irish households has experienced emigration first-hand over the last two years. It also revealed that the ages of those leaving the country has increased, with one in four people considering the move aged between 35 and 54.

4. #INMO: Delegates at the IMNO annual conference in Letterkenny today will debate alternatives to Croke Park II. It also mandates for industrial action and other forms of protest action if the government imposes pay cuts without the consent of the union.

5. #BUS EIREANN: Andrew McAlinden, spokesperson for Bus Eireann, told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland that it will press ahead with cost-cutting changes this weekend. The company has also made contingency plans for possible strike action by up to 900 drivers.

6. #RACHEL O’REILLY: Gardaí are examining a dumbbell that was found in a stream close to Rachel O’Reilly’s home, according to the Irish Daily Star. Investigations into the find are looking into the possibility that it may have been used in her death nine years ago.

7. #HAPPY EUROPE DAY: Celebrations are taking place across Europe today to mark the first step towards the establishment of the EU was made on this day in 1959 in Paris. Ireland is celebrating the day and 40 years of EU membership with a party in the Commission office in Dublin.

8. #WHERE’S THE SUMMER?: Heavy rain and wind will continue in areas this morning, as Met Eireann warns that warmer weather is still some time off. The weather is predicted to stay changeable and unsettled, and temperatures will be below normal for the time of year.

9. #YELLOW CARD KILLING: A 17-year-old who allegedly punched a referee who showed him a yellow card in a youth match in Utah, has been charged with homicide. Ricardo Portillo was first thought to have minor injuries, but was later found to have serious internal head injuries and he died in hospital a week later.

  • Over on DailyEdge.ie:  Liam Gallagher gets violent over his recycling bins, and super news about Anchorman 2, it’s The Dredge.

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