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The 9 at 9: Friday

This is what you need to know this morning (and also: Be safe out there).

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

1. #STORMWATCH: Thousands of homes are without power after storm-force winds last night – and the bad weather is not over yet, warns Met Éireann. Cork suffered badly from flooding from the River Lee last night. A woman had to be rescued from her car when she accidentally became stranded on a shore in Co Kerry.

2. #COURTS: A 20-year-old man is to appear in court this morning in relation to the death of Dale Creighton, who died yesterday after being assaulted in Tallaght, Dublin.

3. #1984: Newly-released papers from the British State archive has revealed that Margaret Thatcher and her 1984 Cabinet considered drawing up new borders for Northern Ireland, which would have followed religious lines. Ultimately, reports the Financial Times, it was not considered an “acceptable” solution.

4. #EDUCATION: Minister Ruairi Quinn is bringing in new rules that will make it easier for the Teaching Council to discipline poorly performing teachers, TheJournal.ie reports. The Irish Independent suggests that schools will be given the power to decide their own class size and teacher numbers.

5. #BANKRUPTCY: It is expected that at least 3,000 people will apply for bankruptcy in 2014 under the new legislation which came into effect last month.

6. #OBESITY: The Overseas Development Institute says that over one in three adults in the world are now obese – and the rate of obesity in developing countries is surging ahead.

7. #ABORTION: The College of Psychiatrists has issued advice to its members, according to the Irish Times, that they not take part in review panels which assess women’s suitability for terminations under new legislation. The advice is based on “extreme concern” at a lack of clinical guidelines.

8. #PRIVACY: Facebook is being sued by two people in the USA who claim that the social media giant is monitoring users’ private messages – and the claimants are asking for others to join them in a class action, says the BBC.

9. #ROG: Irish social media lit up with chat about Ronan O’Gara last night during a major doc, ROG, on the former rugby great on RTÉ One. If you didn’t catch it, TheScore.ie have a handy catch-up on the key revelations in the show here.

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