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The 9 at 9 Nine things you need to know this morning…

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

1. #TRAGEDY: Eoin Murray, a 30-year-old originally from Kildare, has passed away at a Melbourne hospital after sustaining serious head injuries on Saturday.

2. #FROM RUSSIA: Vladimir Putin has warned that any US strike on Syria would lead to more violence and “unleash a new wave of terrorism”.

3. #UH-OH: The Department of Finance has said it is “not aware” of a planned, formal probe by Brussels into Ireland’s tax arrangements with multinationals including Apple, reports the Financial Times.

4. #THE TROUBLES: Amnesty International has criticised Northern Ireland’s attempts to deal with its past, claiming that victims have been ‘disgracefully let down’ by a flawed and fragmented approach.

5. #COURTS: The mother of Madeleine McCann is due at a Portuguese court this morning for the first day of the family’s libel action against a former police chief over allegations about the three-year-old’s disappearance, Sky News reports.

6. #AUSTERITY: A pre-budget warning from charity Oxfam says that European austerity policies will lead to a ‘lost decade’ and that an extra 15 to 25 million people could face living in poverty by 2025 if measures continue.

7. #TRAP: The Irish Times reports that Martin O’Neill is interested in a current vacancy in the FAI’s coaching department. The news comes less than 24 hours after Giovanni Trapattoni stepped down as Ireland manager.

8. #CATHOLICISM: In an interview with a Venezuelan newspaper, the Pope’s second-in-command Archbishop Pietro Parolin has said that clerical celibacy can be discussed because it is not a dogma of the Church.

9. #BUSTED: A Canadian woman was arrested in Colombia yesterday as she tried to smuggle cocaine out of the country in a fake pregnancy bump.


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