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The 9 at 9: Friday

Good morning! Here are nine things you should know as you start your day…
Sep 28th 2012, 8:41 AM 7,681 8

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

1. #JILL MEAGHER A court date has been set for the man who was charged last night with the rape and murder of Louth woman Jill Meagher. Adrian Ernest Bayley (41) was charged after Ms Meagher’s body was found in a shallow grave after a search. Tom Meagher, her husband, asked people to to “be mindful” of negative comments on social media that “may hurt legal proceedings”.

2. #HOGAN Justice Minister Alan Shatter has been urged by Fianna Fáil to make a statement in relation to Environment Minister Phil Hogan’s alleged interference in allocating a house to a Traveller family in Kilkenny.  The party’s justice spokesperson, Niall Collins, said that the alleged action by Hogan was “a serious breach of a citizen’s fundamental rights”.

3. #DUBLIN Dublin has fallen six places in the ranking of the world’s most reputable cities, according to the annual City RepTrak study. The capital went from 24th to 30th place in the ranking, while Vancouver jumped up nine places to become the city with the best reputation. It’s not all bad, though – Dublin beat Perth, Milan, Amsterdam and even New York in the rankings.

4. #OLDER PEOPLE A new report shows that the majority (78 per cent) of older people feel optimistic about getting old – but 50 per cent of them worry about becoming a burden upon others as they age. The Pfizer Health Index showed that 95 per cent of older people surveyed agreed that it is important to retain independence as one ages.

5. #SPAIN Stress test results will be revealed today by Spain, RTÉ reports. They must take place in order for a potential €100bn rescue package to be provided to Spain’s banking sector, as agreed during the summer.

6. #REILLY Minister for Health James Reilly has explained his decisions on the primary care centres, the allocation of which resulted in his junior minister Róisín Shortall stepping down from her post. He said that the original list of towns to be allocated the centres did not consider the rankings given in a previous HSE list from 2007, which had included Swords and Balbriggan.

7. #REFERENDUM Former MEP Kathy Sinnott has been accused of engaging in ‘hysterical hyperbole’ by Fine Gael TD Jim Daly over the children’s referendum. He made the comments after Sinnott claimed that if the referendum is passed it will “lock in” the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child to the Irish Constitution. Sinnott told TheJournal.ie she stood by this claim and accused Daly of having not “done his homework” on the proposed amendment.

8. #DRUMM The former home of David and Lorraine Drumm in Malahide may be auctioned after a request to a US bankruptcy judge. RTÉ reports that the house was put on the market recently by the court trustee, which is liquidating Drumm (the former CEO of Anglo Irish Bank)’s assets. He will face a bankruptcy trial in early 2013.

9. #iPHONE5 The iPhone5 launches in Ireland today, one week after it first went on sale in a number of other countries. Mobile phone stores were anticipating large queues as people clamour to get their hands on the latest gadget from Apple. Indeed, there was a sizeable queue outside the O2 store on Grafton St at 6am today.

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