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The 9 at 9: Saturday

Good morning! Nine things to know this Saturday…

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EVERY DAY, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you need to know with your morning cup of coffee.

1. #SUSPICIOUS: Gardaí have upgraded an investigation into the death of a 58-year-old father-of-two in Killorglin whose body was found following a fire in his home in the early hours of Thursday morning. His death is being treated as suspicious after a post mortem revealed injuries not consistent with a fire.

2. #BAHRAIN: Tomorrow’s Formula 1 race is set to go ahead in Bahrain despite a violent crackdown on thousands of anti-government protesters. Al Jazeera notes that demonstrations were dispersed after clashes with security forces intensified.

3. #AT LARGE: Three prisoners serving sentences for homicide offences, including dangerous driving causing death and manslaughter, are currently unlawfully at large after absconding from open jails, Justice Minister Alan Shatter has revealed.

4. #SMOKING BAN: Health Minister James Reilly wants Ireland to follow New York City’s lead in denormalising smoking by banning it in public parks, beaches and sportsgrounds. According to the Irish Times, he intends to pursue the idea at Cabinet level.

5. #BREIVIK: Anders Breivik told the Oslo court yesterday that he had studied a number of revolutionary organisations, including the IRA and FARC, ahead of his killing spree that left 77 dead last July. Of all the groups he compared, the self-confessed murderer said he believed al-Qaeda was the most successful.

6. #JOBSWATCH: According to the Irish Examiner, up to 225 jobs are at risk in Cork as timber suppliers Brooks Haughton was placed into liquidation by the High Court yesterday.

7. #ECONOMY: Christine Lagarde hopes that new funding of €325 billion received from the world’s largest economies to boost the IMF’s resources will help ease concerns that the global debt crisis. “We have the necessary tools in the toolbox and we will use this wisely,” she said.

8. #WILDE: A rare copy of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, complete with a handwritten note to the author’s first gay lover, has been sold at Sotheby’s New York for $362,500 – more than three times over the auctioneer’s expected price.

9. #HOP OFF: Unfortunately, the rumours aren’t true – HB’s deliciously green Fat Frog will not be returning to freezers near you this summer. A recent Internet campaign has convinced the ice lolly makers to look into a possible comeback but nothing will happen this year. Awwww!

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