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The 9 at 9 Good morning! Here are nine things you need to know as you start your day.

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

1. #AMBULANCES: Following comments by the authority representing ambulance workers about response times being impossible to meet, details of delays in getting to victims of violent assaults are revealed in today’s Irish Daily Mirror. It is reported that there is just one paramedic for every 3,800 people in Ireland.

2. #DONEGAL: Councillors for Donegal county failed to agree a budget last night with many voicing their opposition to the introduction of water charges. A vote result like last night’s would usually result in the dissolution of the council but the meeting was adjourned until next week.

3. #FIRE: A Dublin firefighter was forced to run out of a burning building at the weekend when his breathing equipment failed and he ran out of air, has learned. Sources said they felt the safety of firefighters and the public were being put at risk.

4. #PYLONS: The deadline for public submissions on Eirgrid’s Gridlink project expired yesterday evening with the company receiving thousands of submissions.

5. #FOOD: Irish food and drinks exports did well in 2013, approaching €10 billion for the first time and representing an increase of 9 per cent on the previous year. Bord Bia said double digit growth in dairy and beef export values were among the highlights last year.

6. #ELDERLY: A survey conducted for the Irish Daily Mail reveals a huge increase in violent attacks on older people in the last ten years with 40,473 robberies, burglaries and vicious assaults on those aged over 65 during that time.

7. #HUMAN RIGHTS: Minister Richard Bruton has said that the visit of Irish officials, including himself and the Taoiseach, to the Gulf states, is not the time or the place to raise human rights issues with the leaders of those countries.

8. #UNITED STATES: Nearly 190 million people in the US are said to have been affected by the country’s ‘polar vortex’ which has seen temperatures in some places drop to -37C – colder than recent readings on Mars, BBC reports.

9. #EGYPT: Deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi has arrived in court this morning for the second hearing in his murder trial, AFP reports. He is charged with inciting the killings of opposition activists in clashes outside his palace in 2012.

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