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The 9 at 9: Friday

Good morning! It’s finally Friday. These are the nine stories you need to know this morning.

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

1. #QUESTIONING: Gerry Adams has spent a second night in PSNI custody being questioned in connection with the abduction and murder of Jean McConville. The Sinn Féin TD can be held until 9pm tonight without police having to apply for extra time.

2. #CREDIT: A €90 million government-sponsored scheme to provide loans to small and medium enterprises has lent just €3 million since its launch in 2012. The Microfinance Ireland scheme provides loans of between €2,000 and €25,000.

3. #ESCALATION: Ukraine’s army has launched what pro-Russian militants have described as a full-scale military operation in an eastern city. Gunfire and explosions were heard and a Ukrainian helicopter was shot down in Slavyansk.

4. #ATTACKS: Investors in the former Quinn Group have raised fears over the number of attacks on premises owned by the business, the Irish Times reports. Their concerns have been raised at government level on both sides of the border.

5. #RECOVERY: Two-thirds of hotels and restaurants are at risk of collapse, new figures from April reveal. However, the number of new start-ups was up more than 30 per cent compared to the same time last year.

6. #MEMORY: The US military is set to reveal a brain implant that could restore memory in Alzheimer’s patients in the coming months. The device has raised ethical questions over this level of interference with the human brain.

7. #SOCIAL MEDIA: Regulating what appears on social media about court cases is proving to be a big challenge, Chief Justice Denham has said. She said the ‘first problem’ for the legal system comes from how it could affect the area of a free trial.

8. #JOBS: A pharmaceutical company has announced 50 new jobs in Dublin. BioMarin will be hiring in the areas of finance, accounting, customer service, and marketing.

9. #STREET NAMES: Fine Gael’s local election manifesto says it will propose that home-owners can vote to change their streets’ name. The Irish Times report that it would be passed by a “simple majority” of registered voters.

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