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The 9 at 9: St Patrick's Day

Here’s everything you need to know as you wake up on this holiday morning.

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

1. #LÁ FHÉILE PÁDRAIG: Sixty parades will take place across the country today, including the national celebration on the streets of Dublin city – a festival three years in the making.

2. #BACK OF THE BUS: Gerry Adams has been criticised for comparing himself to civil rights campaigner Rosa Parks after his entry to the White House was delayed yesterday due to a security issue. The US Secret Service has said it regrets the incident.

3. #MORE STRIKES: Teachers are up next. Members of the Association of Secondary Teachers’ Ireland (ASTI) are planning work stoppages in September over planned changes to the Junior Cert, the Irish Independent says.

4. #SYRIA: A video of a Japanese journalist missing in Syria for almost a year has emerged with his alleged kidnappers reportedly asking for a ransom.

5. #TOP 10 RISK: If Donald Trump wins the US Presidential Election this November, he will become one of the tops risks facing the entire world – greater even than a war in the South China Sea. That’s according to the Economist Intelligence Unit.

6. #MAKING BABIES: A new HSE report shows that one in three Irish women now give birth by caesarean section. The same report highlights that there were seven maternal deaths in Ireland in 2014.

7. #ANYTHING BUT DRIVING: Want to reduce your body fat? Start walking, cycling or even getting the bus to work. None of this driving yourself lark anymore.

8. #SMILE: Ireland has come in 19th on a global happiness ranking. That’s not bad out of 157 countries. We’d make the World Cup Finals, like.

9. #WEATHER: It’s going to be a sunny(ish) day with no rain. Go and enjoy yourself.

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