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The 9 at 9: Saturday

It’s the weekend, and here are nine things you should know.

Republic of Ireland's Jonathan Walters (right) and Faroe Island's Jonhard Frederiksberg in action last night.
Republic of Ireland's Jonathan Walters (right) and Faroe Island's Jonhard Frederiksberg in action last night.
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EACH DAY, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you should know with your morning cup of coffee.

1. #BLAME GAME: Politics is a “blame game”, the Minister for Social Protection has said. In an exclusive interview with TheJournal.ie, Joan Burton said, “People in one party are always pointing at the other crowd”. She said she is very committed to her job but also noted that “women are a bit thin on the ground in the cabinet”.

2. #STABBED: A 19-year-old man was stabbed and seriously assaulted last night at College Green in Dublin city. He was taken to St. James’s Hospital where he is believed to be in a stable condition. Three teenagers, two male and one female, were arrested in connection to the incident.

3. #NELSON MANDELA: Nelson Mandela has been readmitted to hospital with a renewed lung infection and is in “serious but stable condition”. It marks the second hospitalisation in as many months for the frail anti-apartheid hero, who will turn 95 in July.

4. #STOLEN CASH: More than €27,000 has gone missing from a north Dublin garda station, the third haul to have disappeared while being kept as evidence, reports the Irish Independent this morning.

5. #KENNY: Enda Kenny is speaking at a conference on hunger in London today where he is expected to pledge that Ireland will double its expenditure on nutrition over the next year. British Prime Minister David Cameron is also attending the event.

6. #SEANAD: The government has indicated that the Seanad will be reformed in the event that the referendum to abolish it is rejected by the electorate in October. The debate on the future of the upper house kicked off this week after the Taoiseach Enda Kenny confirmed the government’s intention to hold a referendum on whether or not to abolish the Seanad.

7. #CALIFORNIA: A gunman has killed at least four people in a shooting rampage in California, before police shot him dead in a college library. The assailant began by killing his father and brother before a random string of slayings in Santa Monica, only a few miles from an event attended by President Barack Obama.

8. #BBQ: We don’t want to ruin your weekend, but your BBQ might give you cancer. The chemicals emitted have been linked to breast, stomach, prostate, and colon cancer, but we have some tips on how you can avoid this.

9. #ROYAL WEDDING: In a modern day fairytale, Sweden’s Princess Madeleine is set to marry US-British businessman Chris O’Neill in Stockholm today.

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Amy Croffey

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