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The 9 at 9: Wednesday

Good morning. Here are the nine stories you need to know this morning.

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

1. #TALLAGHT: DNA tests are being carried out today on the 7-year-old child removed from a Roma family in Dublin in order to determine whether she is the biological daughter of the couple from whom she was taken. The girl was placed in the care of the HSE on Monday afternoon, despite the family’s insistence that she is their daughter.

2. #CHEAP ALCOHOL: The Government is set to introduce a minimum price for alcohol in a bid to combat alcohol misuse. New legislation will also see a watershed on advertising drinks and separating displays from other products in shops.

3. #WILDFIRES: The Prime Minister of Australia has denied that raging bushfires in New South Wales are linked to climate change as the crisis enters its seventh day. Firefighters have been battling soaring temperatures and dry winds which have worsened the 65 fires raging across the Australian state.

4. #EDUCATION: Half of voluntary secondary schools ask parents to give €150 or more in ‘voluntary’ contributions every year, according to new research from the ESRI. The report found contributions in other types of schools tend to fall between €50 and €75.

5. #ALLOWANCES: TDs and Senators who lose their seats at general elections could face court action if they do not return unspent allowances. The new legislation will also see the allowance paid to political parties and independent TDs and Senators will be cut by 10 per cent.

6. #BEGGING: Fifty of the most persistent beggars in Dublin city are to be targeted for removal from the streets under a new plan from An Garda Síochána and Dublin City Council, the Irish Times reports.

7. #REMOVED: Facebook has removed a video showing a person being beheaded from the site after an angry reaction to its lifting of a ban on the gory imagery. However Facebook was adamant that it did not reverse or change its policies as a result of the controversy.

8. #BELFAST: Hundreds of people have attended a memorial walk in Belfast to mark the 20th anniversary of the notorious Shankhill bombing in which ten people – including the IRA bomber who planted the device –  were killed.

9. #LOYALTY: Roy Keane has said his former manager Alex Ferguson ‘doesn’t know the meaning of the word’ loyalty following the publication of the former Manchester United boss’s autobiography. Keane said he was ‘relaxed’ about the book but questioned Ferguson’s criticism of other players at the club.

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