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The 9 at 9 Good morning. Here are the nine stories you need to know today as we head towards the weekend.

EVERY MORNING, brings you the nine stories you need to know with your morning coffee.

1. #MERKEL: German Chancellor Angela Merkel will be in Dublin today and will speak at an event organised by Trinity College Dublin’s philosophical society.

2. #ABORTION: Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin is still involved in “ongoing” discussions with the Sisters of Mercy over the Mater Hospital’s stance on the new abortion law.

3. #FAIR SHARE?: Apple paid €36 million in tax on $7.11 billion in profits at its Irish unit over five years according to The Irish Times.

4. #UKRAINE: Barack Obama spoke by phone to Vladimir Putin to explain visa bans the US has placed on Russia which he said were in response to Russia’s “violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty”.

5. #INCEST: The Dáil is due to discuss a legal ‘loophole’ that allowed women a more lenient sentence than men for the offence of incest.

6. #DIPLOMACY: Irish ambassadors and their families are “often acting as janitors” in some embassy buildings but 21 of 73 Irish embassies have full-time cooks.

7. #RIGHTS: The Supreme Court has ruled that anyone being held in custody who requests a lawyer cannot be questioned by gardaí until they get legal advice.

8. #DOWNTOWN: A new €200 million plan to redevelop part of Dublin Port will see cruise ships and giant freight ships berth in the city.

9. #GRAND JOB: Dublin-based artist Annie Atkins designed the props for Wes Anderson’s new film The Grand Budapest Hotel. She spoke to about how she got the gig.

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