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The 9 at 9: Saturday

Here are the nine things you want to know as you start your weekend…

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EVERY DAY, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you need to know with your morning cup of coffee.

1. #CHLOE: The family of 15-year-old Chloe Kinsella, whose body was found in the River Shannon yesterday, have thanked the media and those who helped in the search effort. Hundreds of volunteers took part in the search for the teenager, who was missing for six days. Chloe’s sister Lindsey fought back tears as she spoke to reporters in the aftermath of yesterday’s discovery. [Live95FM]

2. #REFERENDUMS: Counting is due to begin this morning for the two referendums. Reported turnout was low yesterday, and it remains to be seen whether it will exceed the 33 per cent that turned out for last year’s Children’s Rights referendum. Initial tallies for the Seanad vote should be available mid-morning.

3. #BUDGET: The IMF has given Michael Noonan permission to introduce a Budget adjustment of less than the anticipated 3.1 billion, according to this morning’s Irish Times, which quotes a senior Government source. However, the Washington-based fund has insisted, according to the paper, on the shortfall being made up in the future. [The Irish Times]

4. #MIGRANTS: Divers are set to resume the search for bodies this morning, after a boat with hundreds of migrants on board sank off the Italian island of Lampedusa on Thursday morning. So far, 111 bodies have been found, and 155 people have been pulled alive from the sea. [BBC News]

5. #TEACHERS: The teacher substitution scheme cost the state almost €90 million last year according the Department of Education. The figures relate to payments to people employed by schools solely as supervisors or substitutes. Meanwhile, over €110 million was spent on costs directly associated with transition year over the past number of years, the Department has confirmed.

6. #WESTMEATH: A man has died after being struck by a car in Westmeath overnight. It happened at Newcastle, Rochfortbridge at around 1.20am. The 45-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.

7. #SHUTDOWN: As the US Government shutdown continues, it’s been confirmed that talks on a landmark free trade agreement between America and the EU have been postponed. US officials had been due in Brussels next week for the negotiations. [FT]

8. #JOBBRIDGE: It’s emerged the Government is sending thousands of letters to unemployed people highlighting job opportunities in the UK. The move is part of a Europe-wide scheme to help jobseekers take up employment in other EU countries.

9. #LATE LATE: Sinéad O’Connor didn’t answer too many questions about her online spat with Miley Cyrus in her highly anticipated appearance on the Late Late last evening. The singer said instead she wanted to use her interview time to start a conversation about how the music industry was “murdering rock and roll”. Watch the video here.


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