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The 9 at 9: Wednesday

Good morning! Here are the nine stories you need to know as you kick off your day.

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EVERY MORNING TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories you need to know as you start your day.

1. #ABORTION: The Dáil will vote on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill today, with Fine Gael poised to lose European Affairs Minister Lucinda Creighton who is expected to pull her support for the Government over the legislation. The debate will begin this morning with the final vote expected to be called at 10 o’clock tonight.

2. #AUSTERITY: The Government should push ahead with its full €3.1 billion package of taxes and spending cuts in the upcoming Budget, according to the Economic and Social Research Institute, which has said the current austerity regime is the best course of action to get the economy back on track.

3. #VOTING: The Government is planning to hold a referendum to lower the voting age from 18 to 16, the Irish Independent reports. If accepted, 16-year-olds would be able to vote in the next general election.

4. #CORRUPTION: Former political lobbyist Frank Dunlop has said he cannot recall receiving IR£1.2 million from a property developer in the 1990s. RTE News reports Dunlop testified before a Dublin court that he had received money from a businessman to pay councillors to have lands rezoned, and that he himself had paid bribes to four councillors in exchange for votes.

5. #TRAIN CRASH: Canadian authorities have launched a criminal probe into the derailing of a freight train in Quebec which left 15 people dead and more than 30 still missing in Canada’s worst train disaster in recent history.

6. #JULY 12: The Orange Order has been banned from marching through the Catholic Ardoyne area of Belfast following serious rioting in recent years on the annual 12 July parades, Northern Ireland’s Parade’s Commission has ruled. The DUP has said the ruling is “illogical”.

7. #HOAX CALL: One of two Australian DJs who made a prank phone call to a London hospital where Kate Middleton was being treated has accused the owner of her radio station of failing to provide a safe working environment, the Guardian reports.

8. #BANK GUARANTEE: Taoiseach Enda Kenny has revealed seven senior staff in his Department were working at the time of the bank guarantee, but has not confirmed whether he has sought their recollections about the events of September and October 2008.

9. #STILL HOT OUT THERE: How long can this heatwave last? At least a few more days it seems: Met Éireann says temperatures will reach 30 degrees today – but Friday will be even hotter. We could get used to this…

Mary Carolan cools down her grandkids, Sean, Megan and Conor, the old-fashioned way in Cavan yesterday (Pic: Joanne Carolan)

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