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The 9 at 9: Sunday

Good morning. Here are nine things to know before you start your day.

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EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.iebrings you nine things you need to know with your morning cup of coffee.

1. #POPULARITY: Fianna Fáil has topped another opinion poll, reaffirming it’s new position as the most popular political party in the country. The Sunday Independent/Millward Brown poll puts the party at 27 per cent, two per cent ahead of Fine Gael with Labour on just 13 per cent and Sinn Féin on 20 per cent.

2. #PROMISSORY NOTES: The legality of halting all cases against IBRC is in doubt, The Sunday Business Post reports this morning as officials at the Department of Finance work on changes to the legislation. However KPMG liquidator Kieran Wallace told the paper that anyone who is successful in a case against the bank would be considered an unsecured creditor and probably would not be paid.

3. #ROADS: A 22-year-old man has died of injuries sustained in a serious two car collision in Thurles, Co Tipperary on Friday night. The driver of the second car, also aged 22 years, was taken to hospital with minor injuries and later discharged. Gardaí are now appealing for witnesses to the incident to come forward.

4. #CROKE PARK: Further talks are to take place today on extending the Croke Park Agreement following yesterday’s negotiations, with unions saying they hope this round of discussions will result in a deal, RTÉ reports. Bodies representing gardaí have said they will not be returning to any talks that involve negotiating pay cuts.

5. #GEORGIAN: Negotiations over the future of the ESB-owned Number 29 Georgian House Museum are underway though the company has said there are no plans to close it. The ESB told TheJournal.ie that there are some negotiations with staff in respect to reducing the costs of running the  museum.

6. #COALITION: Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said that he is not ruling out the possibility of going into a coalition with either Sinn Féin or Fine Gael after the next general election. In an interview with TheJournal.ie, Martin said there is no strong parliament and that people are rightly disillusioned with the lack of any radical political reform.

7. #DEPORTATION: Britain’s Home Secretary has slammed the judiciary accusing judges of “subverting” democracy by ignoring rules aimed at deporting more foreign criminals. Writing in The Mail on Sunday newspaper, Theresa May said some judges had chosen to “ignore parliament’s wishes” by disregarding guidance making clear that convicted criminals’ rights to a family life had limits.

8. #CYPRUS: Cypriots began voting today in a crunch election to choose a new president tasked with securing a bailout deal to prevent the recession-hit country going bankrupt, AFP reports. Nicos Anastasiades, 66, of the rightwing main opposition Disy party, is tipped to win the first round in which 550,000 Cypriots are eligible to vote.

9. #MARRIAGE: Some 3,500 couples have taken part in the first mass ‘Moonie’ wedding since the death of the founder of the Unification Church, the organisers of the event. Another 24,000 people were also married via video link as part of the ceremony with all of the couples dressed identically, BBC reports.

(Image: Lee Jin-man/AP)

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