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The 9 at 9: Election Friday

Nine things you need to know by 9am: It’s polling day – we tell you where to go and what to do when you get there; department of Foreign Affairs responds to criticism of its Libya rescue effort and how a Limerick dog pulled a Lassie.

Updated, 20.41

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

1. #GE11: It’s polling day – stations opened at 7am and will stay open until 10pm tonight. We tell you where to go and what to do when you get there. And remember, you don’t need a polling card if you’re entitled to vote – just bring alone proof of identity and proof of your address in the constituency. And if you’re still undecided about who to vote for – we can help you with that too.

2. #LIBYA: Efforts are being stepped up to get out the 26 Irish people who remain in Tripoli. A six person emergency team is planning to fly to Tripoli on a commercial airline this morning to prepare the way for the Air Corps plane to land. The 12 people who are in Benghazi are likely to be evacuated by sea, it’s reported this morning. The Department of Foreign Affairs has responded to criticisms in some of today’s papers by friends of those who have been recovered from Libya, pointing out that Ireland doesn’t have an embassy in Libya, which made the evacuation effort more difficult.

3. #NEW ZEALAND: The 40-year-old native of Kerry who’s still trapped in the Pyne Gould Guinness building in Christchurch has been named by several newspapers today as JJ O’Connor, a father of one whose New Zealand born wife is expecting their second child. Rescue workers have not ruled out the possibility of finding more people alive in the devastated city, where the death toll now stands at 103. The DFA says two other Irish people are still unaccounted for.

4. #GE11: The Irish Independent reports that Fine Gael has sent out letters to constituents in 22 of 43 constituencies, urging them to give their number one preference to the weaker candidate. Labour has been reminding people of the dangers of single party government, while Fianna Fail is bracing itself for “poll disaster”, the Independent says. There’s no moratorium on election coverage either in the tabloid newspapers today, as the Sun and the Star make it clear how they feel people should vote, while the Irish Examiner just reminds people that they should vote.

5. #FLOOZIE: The Floozie in the Jacuzzi has finally found a new home at the ‘Croppy Acre’ memorial park in north Dublin.

6. #HYPOTHERMIA: The inquest into the death of a 30-year-old woman who died of hypothermia in the Ballymun flats has heard how one of her neighbours made nine separate complaints about the lack of heating in the complex, and no-one ever got back to her, the Irish Examiner reports.

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7. #DRUMM: David Drumm paid less than €10,000 in tax on €10 million earnings accumulated during his time as chief executive of Anglo, the Irish Times reports. Documents filed in Boston as part of Mr Drumm’s bankruptcy application there show he received income tax rebates in 2004, 2005 and 2006, when he was one of the most highly paid bankers in Ireland. – The Irish Times report upon which this piece was based has been withdrawn and clarified.

8. #YIKES: A fan of the TV programme Time Team has found a 4,000 year old body and a bronze bowl in his Westmeath garden.

9. #ATTA BOY: A woman who fell into a 7ft ditch while she was out walking in the University of Limerick was saved by her husky dog, who used his lead to pull her out, the Irish Times reports.

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Jennifer O'Connell

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