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The 9 at 9: Thursday

Nine things to know this morning…

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

1. #JAMES NOLAN: The body recovered from a body of water in Bydgoszcz, Poland yesterday has been formally identified as that of missing 21-year-old Irish man James Nolan. He had no visible injuries, and an autopsy will be held today to determine the cause of death.

2. #DÁIL REFORM: A report due to be published today is expected to reduce the total number of TDs by eight – and deputies are waiting with “bated breath” to see where the cuts will fall, Mattie McGrath told the Irish Independent. Here’s all you need to know about what’s going on.

3. #MICK WALLACE: The Dáil Technical Group could be forced to dissolve amid confusion over whether Mick Wallace has resigned, the Irish Independent reports. Sources told the paper several members were adamant Wallace had to go, but said there was no way to keep him out if he wanted to return – except by disbanding.

4. #ABUSE: Children have been forced into prostitution in Irish cities including Dublin, Cork and Kilkenny, according to a report by the US State Department. Meanwhile writing for TheJournal.ie this morning, David Lohan explains how human traffickers have targeted Irish people and forced them into sexual slavery abroad.

5. #OBESITY: Almost one in four pre-school children in Ireland is now overweight or obese, according to a new study reported by the Irish Times. The figure rose to almost one-third among three-year-olds.

6. #ABORTION: The Advertising Standards Authority of Ireland has said it is powerless to act on controversial anti-abortion billboards, although it has received a number of complaints. The Life Institute said complaints over the ‘Abortion tears her life apart’ campaign were “predictable”.

7. #TURF CUTTING: Around 150 turf cutters are protesting at a Galway bog after gardaí attempted to remove cutting equipment. A digger was set alight overnight and a man taken to hospital – with speculation the Army Support Unit could be called in, RTÉ reports.

8. #EURO 2012: Labour TD Aodhán Ó Riordáin has strongly criticised the behaviour of some Irish fans at Euro 2012 for “boorish” sexism and heavy drinking. ”The tricolour deserves better than to have the slogan ‘Pints, Tits, Ireland’ scrawled across it,” he wrote in a blog post.

9. #DEAR HONOURED SIR: Ever wondered why those so-called ‘Nigerian scam’ emails sound so totally unconvincing? It’s on purpose, according to new research. The scammers want to weed out anyone with anyone with any healthy scepticism – who’ll just disregard the email – and target only the very most gullible and vulnerable victims. Gizmodo has a full rundown.

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