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The 9 at 9: Sunday

Good morning! Here are nine things you need to know as you start your day…

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

1. #TULLAMORE Gardaí are investigating after the discovery of the body of an 11-year-old girl in Tullamore, Co. Offaly. The child’s body was found at around 9pm at her home at Bachelor’s Walk/New Road in the town. The State Pathologist will carry out a post mortem on her body today.

2. #ULSTER Tributes are being paid to young Ulster rugby star Nevin Spence who has died along with his father and brother after they fell into a slurry pit on a farm in Co. Down yesterday. Spence’s sister is receiving treatment for fume inhalation at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast.

3. #IRISH DAILY STAR The Irish Daily Star has made it onto the front of a few of the Sunday papers this morning and has made headlines worldwide after it printed topless pictures of the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton yesterday. The General Secretary of the National Union of Journalists Séamus Dooley has criticised a threat by Northern and Shell, the co-owners of the paper, to pull out of the joint venture with Independent News and Media.

4. #KATE FITZGERALD The father of Kate Fitzgerald, the 25-year-old who died in August 2011 has written in the Sunday Independent that he and his family “can’t accept suicide as the only option any more” and has said that they “must learn to live with a possible murder”.  Kate’s story came to light after she wrote an anonymous article for the Irish Times highlighting depression. The story included comments about her former workplace and the Irish Times subsequently apologised to her former employer.

5. #AFGHANISTAN Four soldiers from the NATO-led force in Afghanistan have been killed in an attack in Zabul province, believed to have been carried out by Afghan police or a man in a national police uniform. The BBC reports that the four were members of the special forces.

6. #DRUGS Six people have been arrested in Galway following the seizure of cannabis plants with a street value of up to €750,000. Searches were carried out houses in the Tuam and Oughterard.

7.  #PORN The Sunday Independent reports today that staff at FÁS sent hardcore pornography to other government departments. The information was revealed in an audit carried out by FÁS of its email system. FÁS staff also received emails containing porn from other departments and county councils.

8. #POLL A poll in today’s Sunday Times reveals that party support has remained fairly unchanged since a similar poll taken in May. Fine Gael’s support is at 31 per cent, which is down two points. Labour is on 14  per cent, which represents no change, while Fianna Fáil is on 16 per cent. Sinn Féin went up one point to 18 per cent.

9. #TALKING BINS Yes, that’s right, talking bins! Well, sort of. There are plans afoot to possibly have solar-powered rubbish bins in Temple Barin Dublin that will feed information about the free wi-fi, activities and events of interest in the area to the smartphones of passers-by.

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