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The 9 at 9: Monday

Good morning! Here are nine things you want to know as you start your day.

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EACH DAY, brings you nine things you should know with your morning cup of coffee.

1. #ABORTION: Police in the UK are investigating after a woman who travelled from Dublin to London for an abortion died. The Irish Times reports that the 32-year-old woman had been discharged from a Marie Stopes clinic in London when she suffered post-surgery complications and passed away in a taxi. She had sought an abortion in Dublin but was told it was illegal.

2. #OHIO: A foul odor lead authorities to the bodies of three women in Ohio and police are now searching for more. A suspect, arrested in connection with the find, is said to be a registered sex offender.

3. #DROWNINGS: The Irish Coast Guard told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland that call-outs for its services have risen by over 50 per cent compared with last year. Declan Geoghegan said there were 72 call-outs between Friday and Sunday, many of which he said were “very close shaves”.

4. #ELECTRO-SHOCK: In the first of a three-part series on mental health issues on, supported by the Mary Raftery Journalism Fund, Minister of State, Kathleen Lynch told our reporter Christina Finn that ‘unwilling’ patients will no longer receive electro-shock therapy. A patient must consent to the treatment, but in the past if they decided against it then their decision could be overridden.

5. #ORGAN DONATION: The Department of Health is considering a new system where people are assumed to consent to donate their organs after death. The public will be asked whether organ donation should be made ‘opt-out’ in future in a bid to deal with the falling number of donors.

6. EPILEPSY: People with epilepsy are 11 times more likely to die prematurely and the risk appears to be much higher for those with depression or substance abuse disorders, research by The Lancet has found.

7. #RIP: An Irishman who had been in a coma for the last five weeks following a serious fall in Thailand has passed away. Robbie Robinson, a 32-year-old Wicklow native, died in hospital yesterday. He had been flown back to Beaumont Hospital on Thursday night after spending more than a month in a coma at a Thai facility.

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8. #WEATHER: The heatwave is over. According to Met Éireann, temperatures will remain above average and it will be humid at night, but it will be less sunny and we can expect rain.

9. #ROYAL BABY: Kate Middleton has been admitted to hospital in the early stages of labour. The Duchess of Cambridge is expected to give birth in the private Lindo Wing of the hospital, where Princess Diana gave birth to William and Prince Harry.

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