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The 9 at 9: St Stephen's Day

Catch up as you wake up and remember that tomorrow is Saturday!
Dec 26th 2014, 8:40 AM 11,629 3

EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories you need to know as you kick off your day.

1. #DECISION: The High Court is expected to rule at noon today in the case of a clinically dead pregnant woman who is being kept on life support against her parent’s wishes.

2. #QUESTIONING: Garda killer Pearse McAuley is under armed guard in hospital, according to the Irish Independent, as detectives wait to question him further in relation to the stabbing of his wife, Pauline Tulley-McAuley on Wednesday.

3. #NOT FOR US: Joan Burton has signalled Labour wouldn’t be up for a coalition with Sinn Féin after the next election hitting out at the party’s “economic populism”.

4. #MADNESS: The traditional post-Christmas sales are getting under way this morning with queues forming outside some retailers as early as 6am this morning.

5. #POPE: Pope Francis could pay a visit to Ireland in 2016, the Papal Nuncio Charles Brown has told the Irish Independent.

6. #SOLITARY CONFINEMENT: Almost 250 inmates in Irish prisons are separated from the general prison population according to newly-released figures.

7. #10 YEARS ON: Today marks a decade since the Indian Ocean tsunami when up to 250,000 people died after an underwater earthquake set off huge waves that devastated parts of Indonesia, Thailand and Sri Lanka.

8. #”I DON’T KNOW WHO YOU ARE… “ Irish actor Liam Neeson has hit out at water charges. The Irish Sun quotes the Taken star says Irish people have been “f***** on from a great height”.

9. #SNOW JOKE: A snow-ice warning has been issued for northern parts of the country today with Met Éireann forecasting scattered outbreaks of rain and a risk of snow this afternoon and this evening.

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