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The 9 at 9: Friday

The weekend is almost here… here are the big stories you need to start your day.

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EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the stories you need to know as you wake up.

1. #TRUMPED: The most senior Republican politician Paul Ryan has said he is “not ready” to endorse Donald Trump. 

2. #GOVERNMENT: TDs look set to elect a Taoiseach at the fourth attempt later today.

3. #ELECTIONS: Election results for council, mayoral and assembly elections around the UK are being counted today, including for the Stormont Assembly in Northern Ireland.

4. #MENTHOL CIGARETTES: A ruling by the European Court of Justice has paved the way for menthol cigarettes to be banned by 2020. 

5. #NORTH KOREA: The country is today holding its most important political gathering for 40 years.

6. #THE WINNERS: One group not complaining about the Luas industrial action are taxi drivers, who have seen a boost in trade on the strikes days. 

7. #NEW MINISTERS: Independent TDs Shane Ross, Katherine Zappone and Denis Naughten will be given ministerial positions as part of the new government, the Irish Independent is reporting.

8. #HOUSING: Only 75 local authority houses were built in 2015, making it the worst year on record. 

9. #RESCUE: There are reports of a major rescue operation in Cork after a car entered the River Lee. 

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