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The 9 at 9: Easter Monday

Nine things to know this morning…

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EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you need to know with your morning coffee…

1. #CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL: A new push to rescue the plans to locate the new National Children’s Hospital on the Mater site has been launched by the Mater, Rotunda and Temple Street hospitals. The Irish Times reports that the Sisters of Mercy, who own the Mater, are now willing to give the original building to the State.

2. #COALITION: Taoiseach Enda Kenny has appealed for unity between Fine Gael and Labour Cabinet ministers amid tensions between the coalition parties, the Irish Independent reports. “I would say to everybody, calm down, we’ve got bigger challenges up ahead,” Kenny said.

3. #CRASH: An 80-year-old man has been killed and two other people injured in a two-vehicle crash near Mullingar, Co Westmeath last night. The road was closed for examination but has since reopened.

4. #ANGLO: Senior executives at the former Anglo Irish Bank have been given personal bodyguards to protect them from angry members of the public, Paul Caffrey reports in the Irish Daily Mail.

5. #TEACHERS: Around 1,500 teachers nationwide earn between €85,000 and €115,000 a year, the Irish Examiner reports. The figures emerged as the three major teachers’ unions are due to begin their annual conferences today and tomorrow.

6. #NORTH KOREA: North Korea has moved a controversial long-range rocket into place for its launch later this week. The launch has stoked tensions in the region, with Japan warning it could shoot the rocket down and suggestions a nuclear test may also be carried out, the BBC reports.

7. #WEATHER: It’s likely to be a wet bank holiday, with heavy rain across much of the country and hail and thunder in some areas, according to Met Éireann forecasters. Meanwhile, we’ve answered that age-old question – how do we actually predict the weather?

8. #BUNCRANA: An eighth resident has died at the Nazareth House nursing home in Buncrana, Donegal as a flu outbreak at the institution continues, the Irish Examiner reports.

9. #EGGS-PLOSIVE: Army bomb disposal units had to be called to an Easter egg hunt in the south of England yesterday – after a three-year-old boy found an unexploded hand grenade while searching for chocolate. One local parent told This Is Somerset: “It looked like an Easter egg.”

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