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Good morning! Here are nine things you should know as you start your day…

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EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine things you need to know as you begin your day.

1. #MISSING The search continues for missing Irish woman Jill Meagher in Melbourne. Following the release of CCTV footage yesterday, a witness told police that he saw a man in a blue hoodie running after the 29-year-old. However, police would not comment on claims that a local trader saw a car perform a u-turn in the same area when Meagher was near a local bridal shop.

2. #RESIGNED In the wake of former Junior Minister Roisín Shortall’s resignation from that post and from her Labour whip post last night, Labour Party chairman Colm Keaveney said on RTÉ’s Late Debate that she enjoyed the full support of Tánaiste and Labour leader Eamon Gilmore. Meanwhile, Health Minister James Reilly told a group at a constituency event last night within hours of the news being announced that “pressure’s only for tyres”.

3. #SYRIA Over 305 people were killed during the uprising’s deadliest day so far – yesterday. A human rights watchdog said that the toll doesn’t include unidentified bodies. A total of 199 of the dead were civilians, the Britain-based watchdog said.

4. #ARRESTS Gardaí have arrested two men in Dublin 2 who are suspected of having the garda headquarters in Harcourt Square under surveillance. Gardaí discovered that a person known to them had rented a room under a false name in the Harcourt area. As a result of an investigation, two men were arrested and are being held for membership of an unlawful organisation and providing assistance to an unlawful organisation. Equipment seized in the room is believed to have been used for surveillance purposes.

5. #STRIKE There will be a meeting today between the Dublin Airport Authority and SIPTU representatives from Aer Lingus, says RTÉ. The meeting comes after an invitation from the Labour Relations Commission chief executive to help intervene in a pensions dispute, over which the union has said it will carry out a strike.

6. #SPAIN Spain is to outline its austerity budget for 2013 today, the BBC reports. The move comes as the country experiences a 25 per cent unemployment rate. Thousands of protesters rallied near the Spanish parliament for a second straight night yesterday after a rough day on the markets again raised the likelihood of a full bailout and deeper economic pain, says the AFP.

7. #ESRI A new report from the ESRI says that 94 per cent of Irish people are better off in employment than out of work – even after taking account of childcare and travel to work costs. Over 86 per cent of those with young children are better off in work, says the ESRI. The study also finds that the unemployed face similar work incentives in Ireland to elsewhere in the EU.

8. #COURTS A man pleaded guilty to a charge of buggery with an animal at Limerick Circuit Court yesterday, the Irish Examiner reports. Sean McDonnell, whose address was given as Churchill Meadows, Raheen, Limerick, was remanded on continuing bail. He will return to court on 2 November to be sentenced. The offence occurred on 7 October 2008 at 26 Laurel Park, Patrickswell, Limerick and the charge stemmed from a garda investigation into the death of a woman who had been at that house.

9.#ARTHUR’S DAY It’s Arthur’s Day today – if you’re celebrating it, here are some tips to make it a happy, safe and responsible day. Meanwhile, because the man himself can’t be there, we paid a visit to his last resting place.

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