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Dublin: 7 °C Monday 22 April, 2019

The 9 at 9: Wednesday

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. #DÁILWATCH: TDs and Senators return for a new Dáil term today following their summer recess. Exiled Fine Gael and Labour TDs, including those in the newly formed Reform Alliance, are to be given extra speaking time by the Ceann Comhairle and they also want to be appointed to committees.

2. #ELAINE O’HARA: Gardaí are investigating a second scene in the Dublin mountains as part of their inquiries into the death of Elaine O’Hara with The Irish Times reporting that Gardaí are considering a link to online dating.

3. #SHOOTING: A poacher in Austria who killed three police officers and a paramedic has been found dead in a burnt-out house that was surrounded by armed police.

4. #PROTEST: A small crowd has gathered outside the Dáil protesting against austerity with organiser and former hunger striker Tony Rochford telling that Gardaí have pushed protesters back off Kildare Street.

5. #AUSTRALIA: Tony Abbott has been sworn in as Australia’s prime minister with his conservative coalition immediately ordering the scrapping of carbon taxes and the halting asylum-seeker boats.

6.  #LUCINDA: Dublin South East TD Lucinda Creighton told that she believes many local Fine Gael members will campaign for her in the next general election.

7. #SPECIAL NEEDS: A group of parents at a Dublin school plan to march on the Dáil after they found out that special needs supports were cut at the school by reading about it on Facebook.

8. #SNUB: The Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff has cancelled a long-planned meeting with US president Barack Obama in what The Guardian is calling a row over spying by the NSA.

9. #GOOD SAMARITAN:A worker trapped in a burning building in Washington was saved by brave workers in the adjoining building who fashioned an escape route.

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Rónán Duffy

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