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Dublin: 2 °C Thursday 17 January, 2019

The 9 at 9: Sunday

Catalan president compares government to Franco, and sludge row continues in Wexford – it’s the 9 at 9.

shutterstock_502959526 Source: Shutterstock/Alexander Pyatiletov

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

1. #SLUDGE ROW: A waste management company in Co Wexford, taken to task by residents over the ‘obnoxious’ smell caused by its treatment process, has been ordered to cease work on its site.

2. #CATALONIA: 450,000 people have protested on the streets of Barcelona against the Spanish government’s decision to strip Catalonia of its autonomy, with the Catalan president declaring the move to be reminiscent of infamous dictator Francisco Franco.

3. #SEEKING EXEMPTION: The new National Children’s Hospital has sought an exemption from Dublin City Council’s fire-safety regulations in order to avoid adding millions of euro to its construction budget, according to the Sunday Times.

4. #SCARY TIMES: Three million adult Americans carry a loaded gun on a daily basis, new research has revealed.

5. #DOING WELL FOR THEMSELVES: The Sunday Independent reports that profits at Irish banks are three times the EU average at present.

6. #PORTUGAL: An Irish man in his 60s has died while on holiday near Lisbon.

7. #THE GOOCH: Chasing his seventh medal, Colm Cooper has said that ‘never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d play in 10 county finals’.

8. #NEVER SAY NEVER: Malaysia Airlines’ CEO explains why he’s returning to Ryanair.

9. #JAILBREAK: Dublin’s Phil Lynott statue has disappeared from its moorings. Again.

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