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Dublin: 11°C Sunday 18 April 2021

The 9 at 9: Wednesday

Another warm September day on the way… Here’s everything you need to know.

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

1. #BIG DAY More than 60,000 students are set to pick up their Junior Cert results today. There was an increase this year in the numbers taking up higher level maths.

2. #STRIKE BACK Barack Obama’s set to lay out his plan to tackle Islamic State today. The speech will give the US President a chance to redress criticism that he has been slow to respond to the radical group’s rise in Syria and Iraq.

3. #MICHAELA The family of Michaela McAreavey have revealed that new information has come to light in the investigation into her murder. Reports in Mauritius say four new suspects have been identified.

4. #BREAKTHROUGH A group of 45 UN peacekeepers from Fiji taken hostage in the Golan Heights two weeks ago by rebels will be released soon, according to the Fiji government.

5. #LAST DITCH The leaders of Britain’s three main political parties have announced a last-minute trip to Scotland today to boost the campaign against independence after a surge in support for the ‘yes’ side.

6. #BLAZE Dublin firefighters battled a blaze in Temple Bar overnight. It was at a disused building next to the busy Gogarty’s pub. There are no reports of injuries.

7. #LIMERICK FIGHTS BACK RTÉ has admitted it should have given more coverage to Limerick’s ‘giant granny’ event at the weekend, the Limerick Leader reports. It follows local criticism of the national broadcaster.

8. #CRUNCHING IT Need to catch-up on what happened last night at Apple’s big press event? Check our run-down for all the goings-on (including the big surprise announcement from U2).

9. #THE OUTLOOK: Finally, we’re in for another pleasant mid-September day. Top temperatures of 21 degrees, with the best conditions in the West.

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