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Dublin: 10 °C Sunday 17 February, 2019
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The 9 at 9: Friday

Here’s everything you need to know as we kick off a chilly Friday morning.

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EVERY MORNING TheJournal.ie brings you all the news you need to know as you start the day.

1. #SHOOTING: A man in his 20s died in a shooting yesterday evening outside Gym Plus in Swords, while a second man is in serious condition in hospital. 

2. #ARRESTED: A man who was arrested in connection with an alleged rape at a Dublin hotel last month has been released without charge by gardaí at Dundrum Station. 

3. #TRUMP: US President Donald Trump has cancelled a government officials’ trip to the Word Economic Summit in Davos, Switzerland, amid the US government shutdown, now in its fourth week, CNN is reporting.  

4. #VAT INCREASE: Hospitality businesses have criticised Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe for the controversial VAT increase - from 9% to 13.5% – which they say could force them to close down. 

5. #CHICAGO POLICE: Three current and one former police officers in Chicago were acquitted yesterday of conspiring to protect a colleague by falsifying the circumstances around the fatal shooting of a black teenager, according to NBC

6. #ULSTER BANK: Ulster bank has initiated a High Court action  against Minister for Culture, Josepha Madigan, though the nature of the case is not currently known. 

7.#AUSTRLIA: A man has been arrested in Australia in relation to the murder of Israeli student, Aiia Maasarwe, two days after her body was found in Melbourne.

8. #JOBS: Tech Giant Salesforce is to announce 1,500 new jobs in Dublin as part of a significant investment in Dublin’s North Wall Quay. 

9. #WEATHER: Temperatures are set to drop below freezing this evening, bringing us into a cold weekend. Temperatures will be between 5 and 10 degrees tomorrow, with some sunny spells, and scattered showers, before turning very cold on Sunday night

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