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Good morning. Here are the nine stories you need to know as you start your day.

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EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you need to know as you kick off your day.

1. #RAPE: Patrick O’Brien, the man convicted of raping his daughter over a ten year period has been called back to appear before the Criminal Court of Justice this morning, Newstalk reports. His granddaughter, Kristel O’Brien, told the radio station this morning that she hoped the DPP would appeal the decision to grant bail.

2. #BOSTON: The post-mortem has taken place on the one-year-old child that an Irish nanny is accused of violently assaulting in Boston. The Irish Independent reports that multiple bruises were found on the baby’s head, according to preliminary post-mortem results.

3. #PROTEST: The Association of Garda Seargeants and Inspectors has warned that there may be protests due to cuts in garda pay and allowances, RTE reports. The association has said these changes are off the table at Croke Park Agrement talks as far as it’s concerned.

4. #WIND: Minister Pat Rabbitte will today sign a Memorandum of Understanding with British Secretary of State for Energy, Edward Davey, that will lead to a full governmental agreement to allow Ireland to export wind-generated electricity to Britain. Up to 30,000 indigenous jobs could be created countrywide, coupled with investments of over €18bn by 2020 if the required enablers along with this agreement are put in place.

5. #QUINN: Five of bankrupt businessman Seán Quinn’s adult children will appear before the Commercial Court today where IBRC will cross examine them about their assets. Last month senior counsel for the Quinns had criticised the order sought to question them as amounting to a “fishing expedition” or roving cross examination.

6. #TRUST: A new survey has revealed that less than one in ten of the general public in Ireland believes a business or government leader will actually tell the truth when confronted with a difficult issue. The 2013 Edelman Trust Barometer found that the primary reasons for people’s lack of trust in government were found to be poor performance and incompetence.

7. #NORTH KOREA: In response to tightened UN sanctions, North Korea said today that it plans to carry out a third nuclear test and more rocket launches aimed at its “arch enemy”, the United States. The country’s National Defence Commission said settling accounts with the US “needs to be done with force, not words”.

8. #RUNAWAY: Around 15,000 crocodiles have escaped from a farm in South Africa amid heavy rains and flooding, AFP reports. The predators sprung from the Rakwena Crocodile Farm in the far north of the country when owners were forced to open the gates to prevent a storm surge. A number have since been recaptured, but at least half remain on the loose, scattered far and wide.

9. #HISTORY: Today is Irish Family History Day and to celebrate, FindMyPast.ie has released 21 million Irish birth, marriage and death records to make it easier for people to research their family tree. You can also use it to find out interesting tidbits like that Jedward’s great, great grandfather, Patrick Condron, broke the law by allowing a cow, calf and goat to wander in the public road and was fined one shilling.

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