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Dublin: 3 °C Monday 19 March, 2018

The 9 at 9: Sunday

Good morning! Here are nine things you need to know as you start your Sunday.

The 9 at 9
The 9 at 9

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

1. #NI TALKS: A deal on contentious issues of parades and flags must be reached tomorrow, says US diplomat Richard Haass who is attempting to broker a deal between Northern Ireland’s main political parties.

2. #SAME-SEX MARRIAGE: Taoiseach Enda Kenny said he does not hold the same opinion on same-sex marriage as Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore, but said he will campaign for a Yes vote in the referendum.

3. #FIRE: A ferry has returned to port in Newcastle after a fire broke out in a passenger cabin while out at sea. A number of crew and passengers have been taken to hospital by helicopter.

4. #NUCLEAR: An internal memo from the Department of Foreign Affairs from the 1980s shows the Irish government wanted to “cover themselves in the event of anything going wrong” at Windscale.

5. #JET: In 1982, the Transport and Defence departments and revealed that the government plane cost £579,325 to run.

6. #POWER: Just 200 homes remain without power this morning as ESB workers are completing repairs following damage caused by stormy weather.

7. #FAS: The former director-general of Fas has been hit with a Revenue bill of €10,000, reports The Sunday Times, as officials conclude it was benefit-in-kind when his wife accompanied him on official trips abroad.

8. #EIRGRID: The Sunday Independent reports that there is a second wave of pylons that will see 45 metre towers running along the Dublin commuter belts.

9. #ISRAEL: The Israeli military have confirmed it has shelled Lebanon after two rockets landed in northern Israel, reports the BBC.

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