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The 9 at 9 Nine things you need to know this morning…

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

1. #DATA PROTECTION: The personal records of thousands of secondary school pupils are at risk after a security flaw in a data management system used by dozens of schools was discovered, has learned. The company responsible for the system says it is now offering “additional guidance” to schools affected.

2. #CATHERINE GOWING: The search will resume today in north Wales for the missing Offaly woman Catherine Gowing. Authorities will continue the search for the 37-year-old vet as a man was yesterday charged with her murder at a court in Mold.

3. #IRAN: The United States has denied a story in the New York Times today that Iran has agreed to one-on-one negotiations overs its nuclear programme. The paper reports that an agreement has been reached for talks after the 6 November presidential election but the White House has denied this.

4. #ABORTION: The report of the expert group that was set up to examine abortion legislation in Ireland will not be considered until after the children’s referendum, the Sunday Business Post reports today. The paper reports that the government is wary of anything that could derail the projected yes vote in the upcoming referendum.

5. #MEDICINES: The State is spending around 50 per cent more than the EU average on medicines according to an OECD report that will be published in the coming weeks. The Sunday Business Post reports that the study will also say that Ireland is paying more for medicines per head of population than any other EU country.

6. #LIBYA: The former spokesperson for Muammar Gaddafi has apparently denied reports that he was arrested yesterday. Moussa Ibrahim, who was the public face of the Gaddafi regime in its final days, posted an audio message denying an earlier statement from the Libyan prime minister’s office that he had been captured. However, to add to the confusion, the authenticity of the message cannot be confirmed.

7. #GAY MARRIAGE: A new poll suggests that 66 per cent of people believe that full same-sex marriage should be legislated for in Ireland with 26 per cent saying the current situation should remain as is. The Behaviour and Attitudes poll is published in today’s Sunday Times.

8. #MCILROY: The same poll – of 971 people – also finds that 54 per cent of people in the Republic believe that Ulster golf star Rory McIlroy should play for Ireland at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.  McIlroy caused controversy recently when he said he “feels more British than Irish”, a statement he later clarified.

9. #PUBERTY: Boys are hitting puberty at an earlier age than they did previously according to new research. The Observer reports on a study by the American Academy of Pediatrics which finds that boys as young as nine are now starting to show signs of maturity.

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