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Dublin: 4 °C Wednesday 20 November, 2019
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The 9 at 9: Friday

Good morning. Here are the nine stories you need to know this morning as we nudge closer to the weekend.

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EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories you need to know with your morning coffee.

1. #BUILD AN ARK: Met Éireann has issued an orange alert weather warning as yet another Atlantic storm approaches the country this morning. The flood warning is not expected to be as bad as Wednesday’s storm, but is in place until tonight and will affect the entire country.

2. #LIGHTS OUT: Separately, 75,000 homes and businesses are still without electricity this morning as a result of Wednesday’s storm. Crews are working around the clock to restore power.

3. #CONTROVERSY: Justice Minister Alan Shatter has contacted the Garda Siochána Ombudsman’s Commission and asked it to clarify whether it believes it was under surveillance as discrepancies emerge between the Minister and the Garda watchdog’s public statements about the bugging.

4. #SHOOTING: A 46-year-old man who was shot in a housing estate in Dublin last night has died in hospital from his injuries. The shooting happened just before 10.30pm in Lucan in west Dublin.

5. #MASS EVACUATION: Hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes after a massive volcano eruption in Indonesia, which has left at least two people dead.

6. #MONEY MONEY MONEY: A painting by Irish-born artist Francis Bacon has sold at auction for €51 million, making it the most expensive post-war art work ever sold in the UK, RTE reports.

7. #SCIENCE: Scientists at Trinity College Dublin have identified a genetic mutation which massively increases the likelihood of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, which affects about one in 50 Irish adults.

8. #MURDER: Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius has said he is consumed with “sorrow” as he marked the one year anniversary of the shooting dead of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day last year. Pistorius will go on trial for premeditated murder on 3 March.

9. #IN A FLAP: Days after its creator pulled the popular game from the Google Play and App stores, people are now selling phones with Flappy Bird on them for €1,500. Sure, it’s good, but it’s not that good…

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