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The 9 at 9: Sunday

It’s the weekend – and here’s everything that you need to know as you start your day.

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EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories you need to know a little before 9am.

1. CONFLICT: The Israeli army said one of its soldiers was killed near the Gaza strip yesterday after Hamas broke an extended ceasefire and it will now resume attacks.

2. #SECRETS: Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald has been sitting on a review of her department’s handling of the garda scandals for two weeks, according to the Sunday Independent. The review is reportedly critical of secretary general Brian Purcell.

3. #MEDICAL CARDS: The HSE received more than 21,000 calls and emails from politicians so far this year about constituents’ medical cards with most coming from the offices of James Reilly and the Taoiseach, reports The Sunday Business Post.

4. #REEK SUNDAY: Thousand of pilgrims are expected to climb Ireland’s holiest mountain, Croagh Patrick, today and mountain rescue teams are on hand to take care of them.

5. #INVESTIGATION: The Mountjoy prisoner who died yesterday is believed to have been killed by an accidental overdose caused by drugs he was concealing internally, the Sunday World reports.

6. #ABUSE: The government is closely monitoring for any allegations of abuse against Jimmy Savile from his visits to Ireland, particularly as regards his visits to the Central Remedial Clinic.

7. #TURN THE TAP: Anti-water charge groups have been advising people to replace their meters with plastic plugs that will allow the water to keep flowing and have even been handing them out, according to The Irish Mail on Sunday.

8. #PEACEKEEPER: Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern has been in Ukraine for secret peace talks as conflict there rages on. Before anyone thinks about having a go, the Sunday Times says he’s there as an unpaid talks facilitator.

9. #TIPPING THE SCALES: A baby girl born this morning has officially pushed the population of the Philippines to 100 million. Congratulations, baby.

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