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The 9 at 9: Wednesday

Nine things you need to know by 9am: The fallout from the Moriarty report continues; an 8,000 page file on Anglo goes to the DPP and there are calls for a class action suit against the state and its banks by beleaguered homeowners.

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Every morning, brings you nine things you really need to know by 9am.

1. #MORIARTY: The fallout is continuing this morning from the publication of the report by the Moriarty Tribunal. Party whips are to meet to discuss whether a debate can be scheduled in the Dáil on the report, after Fianna Fáil called for it to be sent to the DPP. Journalist Sarah Carey has admitted that she initially lied to the Moriarty Tribunal over whether she leaked material to the Sunday Tribune about payments Denis O’Brien made to political parties. Meanwhile, both Michael Lowry and Denis O’Brien have rejected its findings.

2. #ANGLO: The director of corporate enforcement Paul Appleby has sent a second, 8,000 page file on Anglo to the DPP, he revealed in a talk last night.  Meanwhile, gardaí have said 90 per cent of their inquiries into alleged wrongdoing at the bank are complete.

3. #COMPENSATION: The Irish Property Council is seeking homeowners who have been damaged by 100 per cent mortgages, reckless lending and a lack of regulation to take part in a class action suit against banks and the state. Advertisements will be placed in national newspapers tomorrow, the Irish Examiner reports.

4. #HOTELS: NAMA boss Frank Daly has said that NAMA isn’t responsible for the problems in the hotel sector, but oversupply – he thinks there are about 20,000 rooms too many and wants some of them turned into retirement homes or student accommodation, RTE has reported. Meanwhile, he also had another go at developers, and said enforcement action may be taken against 11 of the top 30 debtors, who are not proving co-operative, the Independent adds.

5. #JAPAN: Radioactivity has been detected in drinking water in Tokyo, and parents have been warned not to let children drink it. Meanwhile, reports suggest black smoke has been seen rising from the Fukushima nuclear plant in the last few hours.

6. #LIBYA: After a fourth night of strikes, rebel forces are still unable to capitalise on attacks on Gaddafi‘s stronghold, who says the West will end up in the dustbin of history.

7. #SIAN: A search is underway in the UK for a missing woman Sian O’Callaghan, who disappeared after leaving a nightclub in Swindon on Saturday to make the half mile walk home. Signals from her mobile phone were picked up in a forest half an hour later.

8. #CORPORATION TAX: Ahead of tomorrow’s EU summit, the German Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper has said the tax burden on companies is actually much lower in France than in Ireland, the Irish Times reports.

9. #HAZEL STEWART: The children of the convicted murderer Hazel Stewart have said they cannot accept that their mother was responsible for killing their father, they have claimed in a BBC Spotlight programme. They have said they will stand by her. “We have lost our Dad. This nearly feels like we are going to lose our Mum.”

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