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Dublin: 9 °C Monday 22 April, 2019

The 9 at 9: Friday

Happy Friday. Here’s what you need to know before you start your day.

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

1. #TRAGEDY A man has died after being trapped in a house fire in Bray. In a second overnight blaze in Swords, two adults and two children escaped and are being treated in hospital.

2. #FIGHT ON David Cameron has recalled his MPs so they can give him the green light to join international air strikes against Islamic State fighters. Australia is also voting on the move today.

3. #ISLAMIC STATE More than 3,000 Europeans have joined the IS militant group, an EU anti-terrorism chief has told the BBC.

4. #PARTEEN GSOC is investigating how three elderly men were injured after they were hit by a car that was involved in a garda pursuit in Clare and Limerick. One of the victims lost his leg in the incident.

5. #RIP An invite-only memorial for former DUP leader Ian Paisley will be held in Belfast on 19 October.

6. #CHARLEVILLE Helen O’Driscoll, whose three sons died in a shocking murder-suicide earlier this month, says she forgives her eldest Jonathan for killing her twin boys.

7. #MYSTERY The Irish Independent reports that the post-mortem on the exhumed remains of a woman in Limerick has shown she was buried without organs. Gardaí fear she was murdered 20 years ago.

8. #CHANGING CHURCH Pope Francis has sacked a Paraguayan bishop for promoting a priest who had been accused of inappropriate sexual behaviour, AP reports.

9. #THE PREGNANT BOX You should take a walk around Dublin tonight as there will be more than 50 different events happening as part of Discover Research. In Trinity College, the Pregnant Box will see audience members enter a confessional booth to hear operatic performances from a roving choir. What, you ask? The researchers want us to think about the secrets we harbour and the judgements we make. Oh.

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