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The 9 at 9: Friday

We’ve almost arrived at the weekend. But before we get there, here are nine things you should know.

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EACH DAY, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you should know with your morning cup of coffee.

1. #IRISH RAIL: About 114 people were evacuated from an Irish Rail Belfast to Dublin train last night when a fire broke out in one of its compartments. There were no injuries but passengers were delayed by more than five hours.

2. #SPYING: The privacy scandal has widened in the US after fresh revelations that the National Security Agency has access to data held on servers belonging to Google, Facebook, Apple and other tech giants. The companies claim they knew nothing about the spy programme.

3. #PENALTY POINTS: The whistleblower in the recent penalty points saga has disputed the findings of an internal garda investigation and invited the Taoiseach to a meeting to discuss the allegations, TheJournal.ie has learned.

4. #CLEARED: British and Irish Lions prop Cian Healy has been cleared of an allegation of biting following a lengthy citing hearing in Australia. His time on tour is still under threat because of an ankle injury sustained during Wednesday’s game.

5. #TURKEY: Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has called for an immediate end to anti-government protests but he also asked his supporters to “go home” after they staged a major show of strength when he returned from an overseas trip yesterday.

6. #IRISH WATER: The chief of new agency Irish Water John Tierney has said the first domestic water meters will be installed next month, according to the Irish Times. However, charges will not be implemented until 2015.

7. #EASY TARGETS: Priests in Ireland have said they are an easy target for false allegations of abuse. The claim from the Association of Catholic Priests comes in the wake of a case where a woman apologised in the High Court for wrongly accusing a priest of abusing her.

8. #REMINDER: Have you paid the property tax yet? If not (and you’re liable for it), this is the letter that will be landing in your door shortly. It includes a warning that employers will be told about any non-compliance and instructed to deduct €202 from wages.

9. #TEA-BACCO: Clever smugglers, who needed a hiding place for roll-your-own tobacco, thought they had come up with an ingenious plan when they concealed the quarter tonne in teabags. Despite the cunning method, they failed to fool Revenue’s customs officers who seized the €102,000 haul in north Dublin on Wednesday.

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