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The 9 at 9: Sunday

Good morning! Here are nine things you want to know as you start your day.

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EVERY DAY, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you need to know with your morning cup of coffee.

1. #HIT-AND-RUN: Gardaí in Donegal are investigating a fatal hit-and-run collision after the discovery of the body of a man in his 40s near Bundoran. The victim is believed to have been walking to his home when he was struck by a vehicle.

2. #HADDINGTON ROAD: The new public pay deal may not deliver the savings promised across the board with The Sunday Business Post reporting that the government is facing a shortfall in health sector savings of over €43 million.

3. #IMMIGRATION: A US citizen who was a victim of domestic abuse has told TheJournal.ie about how she was forced to drop rape charges against her husband in order to stay in the country. The woman also said welfare workers were “hostile” towards her when she went to seek help.

4. #LOWRY: The Revenue Commissioners are now conducting a criminal investigation into the tax affairs of independent TD Michael Lowry on the basis of an admission in the Lowry Tapes that he “never declared” £250,000, the Sunday Independent reports.

5. #PRIORY HALL: Almost two years since residents of Priory Hall were evacuated, they are still waiting for action to be taken as the complex has now “deteriorated beyond repair”. Most have stopped meeting their mortgage repayments, hoping it will spark action from their lenders.

6. #REBEL REBEL: Fine Gael and Labour stand to collect more than €1 million on behalf of TDs that have been expelled from the parties by the time of the next general election, The Sunday Business Post reports. The money that will be pocketed  is state funding allocated through the party leaders’ allowances on behalf of TDs.

7. #SYRIA: The UK and US have now said they there will be a “serious response” if it is proven that Syria used chemical weapons last week, BBC reports. Yesterday David Cameron said the fact that President Assad has failed to co-operate with the UN suggests that he has “something to hide.

8. #CALIFORNIA: As firefighters continue trying to contain a massive wildfire in on the western boundary of Yosemite National Park, California’s governor has declared a state of emergency 150 miles away in San Francisco, The Guardian reports. There are now fears that the fire may threaten the city’s water supply.

9. #YUCK: At least one million cockroaches have escaped from a farm in China where they were being bred for traditional medicine, AFP reports. Disease control authorities have sent five investigators to the area to come up with a plan to stamp out the insects.

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