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Tuesday 31 January 2023 Dublin: 7°C
The 9 at 9 Good morning. Here are the nine stories you need to know as you kick off your day.

EVERY MORNING, brings you the nine stories you need to know as you start your day.

1. #NORTHERN IRELAND: Police in Northern Ireland came under attack for the third night in a row last night as loyalist protests continue in the wake of the annual 12 July parades. Five men were arrested after rioters threw petrol bombs and other missiles at PSNI officers. Forty police officers have been injured since unrest broke out on Friday.

2. #ABORTION: The Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill will move to the Seanad today where Senators will spend almost all of this week debating the legislation following its passage through the Dáil last week. At least one Fine Gael Senator looks unlikely to support the government on the new law.

3. #SECURITY: Internet and phone records of Irish citizens are being handed over to gardaí, Defence Forces and Revenue Commissioners every single day, according to the Irish Examiner, which found that an average of 34 requests are granted daily.

4 #STRIKE?: Doctors are to ballot for industrial action from today as the Irish Medical Organisation begins a campaign to reduce the working hours of junior doctors and ensure that they follow the European Working Time Directive.

5. #BANK GUARANTEE: Enda Kennyhas revealed that there is no full record of who attended the Department of the Taoiseach in the period leading up to, and on the night of, the bank guarantee. A Labour TD had asked for a copy of the attendance record book for his department for the entire month of September 2008.

6. #ROADS: A man in his 20s has died in a motorcycle accident in Kerry, becoming the 14th motorcyclist to die on Irish roads this year. Gardaí have appealed for witnesses to come forward.

7. #NURSING HOMES: More than 100 State-run nursing homes which are home to thousands of elderly people may be closed unless the State spends hundreds of millions upgrading the buildings. The Irish Times obtained a confidential report which warns that just 720 beds for older people in long-term accommodation will remain and almost 7,000 may close when new health and safety standards are introduced in 2015.

8. #TRAYVON: US president Barack Obama has called for ‘calm reflection‘ in the wake of the acquittal of neighbourhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman of the murder of black 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Protests were held in parts of the US last night over the verdict, which has sparked a debate about racial profiling.

9. #LOW-VIS: The Irish Independent reports that the Road Safety Authority has discovered that 200,000 high-visibility vests which were handed out to pedestrians and cyclists for free are just not visible enough on the roads. The RSA is destroying its remaining stock of vests and is replacing them with fully visible ones, the paper reports.

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