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The 9 at 9: Ash Wednesday

Nine things you need to know by 9am: Members of the 31st Dáil get ready for their first day at school; the $250 million ‘sex slave’ lawsuit against American Apparel founder, and the answer to the question that has confounded science for centuries – does Guinness travel well?

Every morning, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you really need to know with your morning coffee.

1. #CABINET: The appointments to the Cabinet of the 31st Dáil are to be announced today.  Uncertainties for a seat at the Cabinet table include Fine Gael’s Sean Barrett, Jimmy Deenihan, Leo Varadkar and Fergus O’Dowd. On the Labour side, those who will be waiting anxiously to see if they get the nod are Willie Penrose, Jan O’Sullivan and Roisin Shortall. Ruairi Quinn may be disappointed, but if so, he will have strong claims to be an EU commissioner, the Irish Times reports.

2. #PARENTS: The non-EU parents of EU citizens are entitled to residency here, the European Court of Justice ruled yesterday, according to the Irish Times.

3. #FEROCIOUSLY BEATEN: A 71-year-old man who had been hailed as an army hero after he served in the Congo was “ferociously beaten to death” at his home in Limerick, gardaí have said.

4. #JOE THE TRUCKER: A property developer accused of dangerous driving for allegedly parking his cherry-picker outside the Dáil may face further charges, the Irish Examiner reports. Yesterday, the prosecution sought a delay in the case against Joe McNamara, because further charges may be brought against him – the developer has been remanded to appear again next month.

5. #PAKISTAN: At least 35 people have been killed in a suicide bombing at a funeral near Peshawar.

6. #LIBYA: Gaddafi’s forces have pounded rebel positions across the country, as Hillary Clinton says the decision whether to impose a no fly zone over the country needs to be made by the UN, and not the US. Meanwhile, the Guardian’s Simon Jenkins says ‘no fly zone’ is merely a euphemism for war.

7. #DRAIN ROBBERY: French police have found jewellery worth €18 million hidden in a drain in Paris. The jewels were stolen as part of the robbery of Paris’s luxury Harry Winston boutique in 2008, which was carried out by two thieves disguised as women.

8. #AMERICAN APPAREL: The founder of the popular US clothing chain American Apparel is being sued along with his company for $250 million over claims that he held a staff member hostage in his apartment and forced her to be his sex slave, the New York Post reports. American Apparel’s ceo Dov Charney is notorious for preferring to conduct business meetings in the nude, and for his casual relationship with sexual harrassment legislation. In the past, he has spoken openly about his intimate relationships with women who work for him. “I’m not saying I want to screw all the girls at work,” he was quoted as saying in Jane magazine, “But if I fall in love at work it’s going to be beautiful and sexual.”

9. #GUINNESS: Science has finally tackled one of the last great conundrums facing mankind. Does Guinness travel well? The answer, if you didn’t already know, is no.

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