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Dublin: 4 °C Thursday 9 April, 2020

The 9 at 9: Saturday

These are the top stories you need to know this morning.

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

1. #ACCESS DENIED: Wexford TD Mick Wallace has criticised the lack transparency and accountability within organisations under the Freedom of Information Act remit.

2. #THE EIGHTH: Today’s annual March For Choice is the sixth such march by the Abortion Rights Campaign (ARC) but its timing is probably the most significant to date.

3. #THEN AND NOW: This week, the Disclosures Tribunal has delved deep into the personal lives of Garda Keith Harrison and his partner Marisa Simms – here’s what they told the Tribunal in March and what they said this week.

4. #HSE: Just 230 out of 750 mental health posts that were approved in 2015 and 2016 have been filled – that’s less than one in three positions, for which some €70 million in funding was announced.

5. #BANNED BALLOT: Several European countries have urged nationals in Catalonia to exercise caution ahead of the slated weekend independence referendum, which has been banned by Madrid.

6. #COURTS: A 58-year-old man accused of attacking a clamper with a crowbar is to face trial.

7. #ACADEMIC: Nineteen new seminarians have begun their formation and academic programme for Irish Dioceses.

8. #AIR-TAXI: Dubai has edged closer to its goal of launching a pioneering hover-taxi service, with the authorities announcing a successful “concept” flight was made this week without passengers.

9. #OH NO GUYS: Irish author Paul Howard said he had to scrap an entire Ross O’Carroll Kelly book earlier this year – because Donald Trump was elected US president.

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