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Dublin: 4 °C Saturday 14 December, 2019

The 9 at 9: Saturday:

Catch up as you wake up.

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EVERY MORNING, brings you the nine stories you need to know as you kick off your day.

1. #AUSTRALIA: A Belfast man is in a coma in a Sydney hospital after allegedly being punched by his own brother.

2. #REBOOT IRELAND: There’s a lot of talk about Lucinda Creighton’s new political party this morning, with The Irish Times reporting she is seeking €1 million in donations before the next general election.

3. #ITALY: A migrant ship with 450 Syrians on board has arrived at Italy after it was abandoned by its crew of traffickers.

4. #THE INTERVIEW: The United States has imposed financial sanctions on North Korea in retaliation for the Sony cyber attack.

5. #CHILDREN: An Irish Independent survey has found parents in Ireland need to earn up to €30,000 just to fund creche places for two children.

6. #COBH: The funeral of Michael Greaney will take place today, following his wife’s service and burial in Cobh, Co Cork, yesterday.

7. #LIT UP: Power in Limerick has now been restored after 2,000 homes were left without electricity.

8. #RECOVERY: Two large objects have been found by teams looking for wreckage of AirAsia flight QZ8501, BBC reports.

9. #LUCKY ESCAPE: A 7-year-old girl in the US has walked away from a plane crash that killed four people.

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