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The 9 at 9: Friday

It’s Friday – and here’s all 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. #BE SAFE: From today, drivers caught speeding will get more penalty points and those who have just passed their tests will have to display ‘N’ plates to let other drivers know they’re relatively new to the roads.

2. #WATER: The Society of St Vincent De Paul warned that proposals for water charges published yesterday will have serious implications for low income households. If you missed it yesterday, here’s how much you’ll be expected to pay.

3. #GAZA: A 72-hour ceasefire has begun and Israeli and Palestinian representatives, including those from Hamas, will meet in Cairo for truce talks.

4. #BALLYFERMOT: A human leg has been found at a recycling plant in Dublin overnight.

5. #GAFFS: The ESRI has said fewer homes are in negative equity but this is just another indicator of house prices rising.

6. #RACISM: New figures this morning show young black African men in Ireland are most at risk of racist attacks and confidence in gardaí to deal with it is still very low.

7. #HEALTH: Minister Leo Varadkar told last night’s Tonight with Vincent Browne that he thinks the government “bit off more than we could chew” trying to introduce universal healthcare so quickly.

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8. #JUSTICE: The woman who was sexually assaulted by Anthony Lyons has said she will never come to terms with his brutality but hopes now she can move on with her life, the Irish Daily Mail reports.

9. #NOT DRUNK: Repeat offenders in London whose crimes were alcohol related may be forced to wear a ‘sobriety tag’ which monitors their sweat to see if they have had any alcohol.

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