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The 9 at 9 Good morning. Here are the nine things you need to know this morning as you start your weekend…

EVERY MORNING, brings you the nine stories you need to know as you kick off your day.

1. #ELAINE O’HARA: Graham Dwyer, the 41-year-old architect charged with the murder of Elaine O’Hara, is to appear in court next week after being remanded in custody over the death of the 36-year old, whose skeletal remains were found in the Dublin mountains last month.

2. #PRICE HIKE: Bus and rail fares look set to rise by 10 per cent next year after the Government cut funding to Irish Rail, Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann in the Budget, the Irish Independent reports.

3. #WAITING LISTS: Almost 14,000 children are on waiting lists for orthodontic treatment, according to new figures released by the Department of Health. Dental surgeons say that morale in the public dental sector has plummeted with the current recruitment embargo.

4. #THREAT: Environment Minister Phil Hogan has had extra Gardaí drafted in to protect his family home in Kilkenny after a businessman threatened to burn it down, the Irish Daily Mirror reports.

5. #HIT AND RUN: A man arrested in connection with a hit and run in Dublin which left the victim – a prisoner out on temporary release – in serious condition has been released without charge.

6. #WILDFIRES: The Australian military is investigating whether it is responsible for starting major bushfires which have claimed at least one victim and damaged hundreds of homes, the BBC reports.

7. #EL PRESIDENTE: President Michael D Higgins leaves Ireland this morning  for a 12-day visit to Central America where he is set to spend time in Mexico, El Salvador and Costa Rica.

8. #BACK ON AIR: Popular RTE Radio One radio presenter John Murray is to return to his morning show  from Monday 4 November, having been out on sick leave since the end of April, the Irish Examiner reports.

9. #VIRGIN TERRITORY: He had a reputation as a womaniser, but a UCC lecturer says it was all a myth – and that Michael Collins most likely was a virgin. The Examiner reports  Professor John A Murphy said Collins was devoted to his fiancée Kitty Kirnan and was a practising Catholic – and there is no evidence that he “succumbed to the blandishments of his groupies”.

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