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The 9 at 9: Saturday

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. #GOOD ADVICE: The Department of the Taoiseach paid out over half a million euro in wages to five special advisers last year. A spokesperson for Enda Kenny told that the advisers “provide briefings and advice” to the Taoiseach.

2. #POOLBEG: Plans for an incinerator at Poolbeg in Dublin have been delayed again. But a clause that may have seen Dublin City Council paying out as much as €350 million has been taken out of the contract between the council and US waste company Covanta.

3. #CRASH: Two men are dead and two more in hospital after a car crash in Kinnegar Bridge in Donegal. The crash happened at around 3am this morning.

4. #CASEY: Peter Murphy, the lovechild of disgraced bishop Eamon Casey has said that he wanted to “fly over and deck” Gay Byrne over the presenter’s treatment of his mother, Annie Murphy.  Murphy’s interview will air as part of a new TV3 documentary which will air on Thursday.

5. #GLASS: Fans of Google’s new Glass eyewear may not be allowed wear the headset while driving. The Department of Transport has told that they are concerned about the safety implications of the device.

6. #JOBS BLOW: Dawn Fresh Foods is to close its plant in Fethard in Tipperary before the end of the year, with the loss of over 100 jobs. The company, which makes ready meals and other products, has been making losses following the horsemeat scandal.

7. #SEANAD: Enterprise Minister Richard Bruton says that he has no problem engaging in debate over Seanad reform, but believes that politicians should “behave in a proper fashion”.

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8. #ROBBERY: The Irish Independent is reporting that a shotgun was put to the head of a ten-month-old baby in a terrifying home invasion robbery. The paper says thieves broke into the Balrothery, Co Dublin home of businessman Lee Tierney and threatened his daughter before making off with a ‘substantial’ amount of money.

9. #TO ALL IN TENTS: Music fans across the country have begun flocking to fields far and wide as Oxegen, Castlepalooza and Indiependence all get underway.  David Guetta, Fight Like Apes and Bell X1 are some of the talent on display at the respective festivals.

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