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Dublin: 5 °C Friday 28 February, 2020

The 9 at 9: Saturday

Good morning! Here are nine things you want to know as you start your day.

EACH DAY, brings you nine things you should know with your morning cup of coffee.

1. #ARREST An An Post employee has been arrested by gardaí as part of their investigation into the interception, theft and unauthorised use of payment cards from the postal system in the Dublin area.The man in his 40s was arrested following a search in the Crumlin area, during which several suspected stolen items were discovered.

2. #BRIAN HAYES Junior Minister Brian Hayes has explained why he told Senator John Crown ‘You lick yourself every night’. In an interview with, he said his comments in the Seanad were borne out of frustration at senators using a filibuster and of “shouting, roaring and screaming at the government”.

3. #DRUGS Gardaí have arrested two men after searching a house at Ballywire, Kilross in Co Tipperary, where they seized 20kg of cannabis herb and 1kg of cocaine with an estimated street value in excess of €470,000. Two men in their 30s were arrested at the scene.

4. #DEAN FITZPATRICK A man who was arrested yesterday in connection with the fatal stabbing of Dean Fitzpatrick on 25 May has been released without charge. A file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

5. #WEATHER We can expect more showers today across the south, west and parts of the north, Met Éireann says, with some thunder and risk of flash flooding. The showers will be very heavy in places – so don’t forget that umbrella when you’re out and about today.

6. #JOHN PERRY John Perry TD is facing demands to resign, the Irish Independent reports. It says that he is accused of ‘abusing his ministerial position’ following revelations that include him allegedly contacting the head of state-owned AIB.

7. #CAIRO A sit-in in Cairo by supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi will be ended “in the framework of the law,” Egypt’s Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim told AFP. There were mass rallies as the authorities formally detained Morsi, but deaths and injuries have been reported.

8. #BANK ACCOUNTS The Irish Times reports today that Revenue is looking at the tax affairs of 33 Irish clients of HSBC Bank in Switzerland, who it believes may have been “trying to hide money from tax authorities” in Ireland. It says that settlements have been made with 16 people worth more than €4 million.

9. #PRAYERS Musician Daniel O’Donnell has confirmed that his wife Majella has breast cancer. In a message on his website, the popular music star says they are hopeful of a full recovery. He has asked fans for their prayers to help them through the situation.

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