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The 9 at 9: Thursday

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

The 9 at 9
The 9 at 9

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

1. #COURT ORDER: A maternity hospital has secured a High Court order allowing it to withdraw life-support treatment to a severely brain damaged newborn baby, whose young mother died after giving birth, reports The Irish Independent,

2. #CRC: The former boss of the Central Remedial Clinic Brian Conlan will appear in front of the Public Accounts Committee today to account for salary top-ups given to senior staff members while he was CEO.

3. #JOBS: Tour operators Thomas Cook will close its Irish office and move completely online in the Irish market, leaving the future of its 44 employees uncertain.

4. #MURDER: Italian Saverio Bellante who is accused of murdering Tom O’Gorman has been moved from Cloverhill Prison to the Central Mental Hospital, writes The Herald.

5. #BAILOUT: Labour MEP Emer Costello has said the European Central Bank “held a gun” to the Government’s head over the bailout.

6. #BANK LETTERS: Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty is to seek further information about the loss of documents related to the banking crisis by the Department of Finance as the Taoiseach yesterday expressed concern about the matter.

7. #IRISH WATER: Parents of young children and teenagers could face a second tier of water charges if tariffs for households using larger volumes of water are applied, reports The Irish Independent.

8. #STORM DAMAGE: The Irish Times reports that Ireland is not likely to get EU relief funding for damage caused by the recent storms.

9 .#VATICAN: Officials at the Vatican are expected to face tough questions from the UN on the sexual abuse of thousands of children by Roman Catholic clergy, reports the BBC.

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