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The weekend is here. Get caught up on the morning’s top stories…

EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the stories you need to know as you wake up.

1. #ASSEMBLY: The Citizens’ Assembly will meet for the first time today, at Dublin Castle – here’s how the whole thing will work.

2. #HITTING BACK: Donald Trump has blamed an international and media plot against him, as more female accusers come forward.

3. #STRIKE: The Irish Times reports that the Department of Education is planning to hire parents to keep schools open, after teaching union the ASTI announced seven days of strike action.

4. #BANNED: The US Department of Transportation has banned Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones on American flights after reports of the phones catching fire, the BBC reports.

5. #RIP: Jean Alexander, the actress best known as Coronation Street’s Hilda Ogden, has died aged 90, according to ITV News.

6. #ROAD DEATH: A woman who was seriously injured in a crash on the Grange Road in Donaghmede, north Dublin, on Thursday morning, has died from her injuries.

7. #LATE LATE: Junior Minister John Halligan was discussing – amongst other things – the existence of aliens last night on the Late Late Show.

8. #BONFIRES: Dublin City Council has warned against the dangers of bonfires and said it will be carrying out “dozens of stockpiling raids” to remove bonfire material between now and Halloween.

9. #THE OUTLOOK: A rainfall warning has been issued for Wexford, Wicklow, Cork and Waterford. It covers the hours from 9pm this evening till 2pm tomorrow.

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