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The 9 at 9 Good morning! Here are the nine things you need to know as you kick off your day.

EVERY MORNING, brings you the nine things you need to know as you start your day.

1. #OHIO: Three young women who went missing around a decade ago were found alive Monday in a house in Cleveland, Ohio. Police arrested three suspects following the dramatic discovery of the women, just a few miles away from where they went missing.

2. #ABANDON NEW TAXES: IBEC, the body representing Ireland’s employers, has called on the Government to abandon plans for €1.8 billion in new taxes over the next two Budgets. It says extra taxes would kill off Ireland’s delicate economic rebound, when consumer confidence already remains fragile.

3. #FEE PAYING SCHOOLS: Research by the Department of Education shows that a 66 per cent students from fee-paying secondary schools are more likely to go straight to college, in comparison with 47 per cent from non-fee paying secondary schools. Overall, over half of students who were enrolled in Leaving Cert in 2010 went directly to higher education.

4. #AIB: In an interim management statement, AIB says it’s “on track” to achieve its target of returning to pre-provision operating profit for 2013 following “strategic actions” taken last year, which have delivered an improvement in the bank’s overall operating performance. The bank said product repricing has a positive effect on the net interest margin (NIM) in the first quarter, marking the second consecutive quarter of progress on NIM.

5. #JIMMY TARBUCK: The 73-year-old comedian has become the latest celebrity to be arrested in connection with a historical child sex abuse investigation. Jimmy Tarbuck was arrested on 26 April and released on bail after police questioned him about claims that a young boy was assaulted in the late 1970s.

6. #BASIC SERVICES: The Children’s Minister, Frances Fitzgerald, says she’s “constantly amazed” by the lack of basic services in Ireland after years of being a relatively rich country. She told “If you have been sexually abused, you don’t need help in nine months time or two years. You need help immediately.”

7. #EMILY WILSON: The family of 10-year-old Emily Wilson who dropped dead on Saturday morning are looking for answers to how she died after a post-mortem failed to find an exact cause of death. According to the Irish Independent, the schoolgirl collapsed at her local GAA club, Gortnahoe-Glengoole in Co Tipperary while warming up for camogie match.

8. #CAN REFUND: To help curb illegal dumping, Labour Party councillor, Thomas Redmond, has called for an introduction of a refund deposit scheme for alcohol containers. He told that he was inspired by similar schemes in place like Germany where people can return their bottles or cans to a specific centre or location and will receive a small amount of cash in return.

9. #NO COFFINS: For the first time in 120 years, bodies can now be buried in a cemetery without a coffin. According to The Irish Times, changes to regulations means uncoffined bodies will now be accepted. The rules, which will apply to all faiths, particularly accommodate Muslims.

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