The 9 at 9 Temperatures of up to 22 degrees today… Here’s everything you need to know as you start your Thursday.

Every morning, brings you the nine stories you need to know as you start your day.

1. #SAVITA: A number of staff at University Hospital Galway have been disciplined over the Savita Halappanavar case. Out of 30 staff members whose actions were considered, 21 had “no case to answer”, it was found.

2. #ISLAMIC STATE: Barack Obama has ordered a “relentless” war against the Islamic State group, including air strikes in Syria and expanded operations in Iraq. He made a televised address to the nation last night.

3. #PISTORIUS: The verdict in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial is to be delivered today — but the process is far from simple. More here.

4. #RIP Richard Kiel, the towering actor best known for portraying steel-toothed villain Jaws in the James Bond films, has died aged 74. Kiel appeared in both 1977′s ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’ and 1979’s ‘Moonraker’.

5. #KILLER SPIDERS: More than 100 deadly spiders have been found in an abandoned house in Co Carlow, the Irish Mirror reports this morning. Black Widows, Funnel-Web Spiders and Tarantulas were amongst the arachnids discovered.

6. #KNIFE-EDGE Things are still looking incredibly tight in the Scottish independence referendum. A new poll now suggests a narrow lead for the ‘no’ campaign. The BBC has more.

7. #POLITICS Both Fine Gael and Sinn Féin are holding their party think-ins ahead of the new Dáil term today. Check our Politics section for all the latest, and follow @TJ_Politics.

8. #KERRY The body of a man in his 50s has been found on Carrauntoohil, in Kerry. A post-mortem is due to take place. Foul play is not suspected.

9. #THE OUTLOOK Another sunny, sunny September day on the way… Temperatures of up to 22 degrees today, warmest in the West.

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