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The 9 at 9: Monday

Good morning! Here are the nine stories you need to know as you kick off your day.

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EVERY MORNING, brings you the nine stories you need to know with your morning coffee.

1. #TUAM BABIES: Groups including the Children’s Rights Alliance have come out in support of Archbishop Diarmuid Martin’s calls for a full inquiry into all Mother and Baby homes. Meanwhile Newstalk FM has found that experimental drug trials were conducted on almost 300 children at various Mother and Baby homes during the 1960s and 70s.

2. #ATTACK: The Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for an attack on Karachi Airport which has left at least 24 people dead. The terrorist group said the attack was an act of revenge after their leader was killed in a US drone strike.

3. #JOBS: More than 6,000 new places on the Springboard programme – which offers training and skills to unemployed people – are to be made available to jobseekers, the Government has said.

4. #CHILD BENEFIT: Almost two-thirds of the electorate back means-testing child benefit, according to a Millward Brown poll carried out for the Irish Independent.

5. #BUGGING: The Government is to consider the findings of the Cooke report into the alleged bugging of GSOC headquarters after the Taoiseach and Tánaiste were given copies of the final report.

6. #THAT’S ALL, FOLKS: The only six remaining local election seats in the country have been filled. The Ballybay-Clones election in Monaghan had been postponed until the weekend following the death of a candidate on the day of the election last month.

7. #LAS VEGAS: Five people have died, including two police officers, after an ambush in Las Vegas. One of the two gunmen involved is reported to have yelled “This is the start of a revolution” before shooting the officers.

8. #FRESH START: Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore is in Belfast today to see if there’s any chance of kickstarting the stalled talks on parades, flags and the past.

9. #AND THE WINNER IS: It was a disappointing night for the Irish nominees, but Bryan Cranston and Neil Patrick Harris were among the big winners at last night’s prestigious Tony Awards.  At least Best Leading Actor nominee Chris O’Dowd had been prepared:

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