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The 9 at 9: Friday

Nine things you need to know by 9am: Fears over the spread of new forms of deadly MRSA and E.coli bugs; checkout worker takes Tesco to court over lottery row; and Stephen Fry’s suicide fears.

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Every morning, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you really need to know by 9am.

1. #MRSA: A new form of the potentially deadly MRSA superbug has been  found in two Dublin hospitals, and in milk in Britain. It’s thought to have originated in animals. The strain has been described “absolutely and totally different from anything since MRSA was discovered in the 1960s.”

2. #LOTTO ROW: The Tesco worker who claims she is the real owner of a winning €500,000 Euromillions lottery ticket is taking her employer to court. Andrea O’Reilly says she printed the ticket in error and then planned to pay for it herself the next day, but wasn’t able to do so. Tesco intends to donate the money to charity, the Irish Daily Star reports.

3. #TRAGIC: A four year old boy died while playing in the yard beside his home in Donegal yesterday evening, when a steel door fell on him. The little boy has been named locally as Daniel Cleary. His father is said to have been abroad on business at the time of the accident, the Irish Daily Mail reports.

4. #WATER SHORTAGES: After a record two dry days, Dublin city council has warned householders to conserve water and prepare for shortages – the supply across the entire Dublin region is likely to be affected – the first time summer restrictions will have been imposed since summer 1997, the Independent adds.

5. #CLAMPING: The annual report by the Dublin city parking appeals officer reveals the best ways to get a refund on your clamping fine. The Irish Times reports that one in four motorists who appealed their fine were successful – the majority of whom said they had bought a ticket but it had fallen from the dashboard. Other reasons for appealing successfully included motorists who were entitled to disabled permits but failed to have it displayed; motorists who can demonstrate they were Good Samaritans on an errand of mercy; residents who had yet to receive their permits; gardaí who can prove they were on official business; motorists whose cars have been stolen and foreign tourists.

6. #E.COLI: 18 people are now dead in Europe, as the bug – which is thought to be a hybrid of two different types of E.coli – has spread to the USA and the UK, where seven people have the infection. Scientists are still baffled as to the source of the outbreak. Sixteen hundred people have now been affected across Europe, according to the WHO.

7. #ANGLO: At least ten people are still refusing to co-operate with the investigation into the collapse of Anglo Irish Bank, and have been classified by the Director of Corporate Enforcement Paul Appleby as “reluctant witnesses”. Appleby is to see an extension on the July 28 deadline imposed by the High Court for the investigation to be concluded, the Examiner reports.

8. #SONY: Sony has been the victim of yet another hacking attack, as a hacker group claims to have stolen more than one million passwords, email addresses and other information, the BBC reports.

9. #STEPHEN FRY: Actor Stephen Fry has spoken about his fear that he might one day kill himself. The actor, who has struggled with bipolar disorder, makes the revelation in a TV documentary to be screened tonight.

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