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Every morning, brings you nine things you should know with your morning coffee.

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EVERY MORNING, brings you nine things you should know with your morning coffee.

1. #SEÁN QUINN The bankrupt businessman‘s wife says she is not liable to pay back a €3 million bank loan because she is a homemaker, and because she regularly signed documents he gave her – without looking at them. The Irish Times reports that Patricia Quinn’s claim was described as in breach of the Constitution by a solicitor representing the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation. Patricia Quinn, who was a director of 91 Quinn Group companies, and her children have mounted a challenge to the bank’s claim that they owe €2.3 billion.

2. #EDUCATION The Irish Primary Principals Network says that proposed education cuts will lead to 470 primary schools losing 730 teachers over the next three years, RTÉ reports. The INTO has previously said that Budget cuts will “devastate” disadvantaged schools, due to proposals to remove hundreds of teaching posts out of such schools.

3. #GLOOMY The head of the IMF, Christine Lagarde, has said that the global economic outlook is “gloomy” and that no country in the world is immune from the crisis. She also warned that countries need to work together – to avoid what occurred following the depression in the 1930s that preceded World War II.

4. #SYRIA Russia has proposed a draft resolution on the violence in Syria to the UN Security Council, strongly condemning violence by all parties, the BBC reports. The draft does not mention sanctions, and comes following more deaths in Deraa in the south of the country. An estimated 5000 people are believed to have died in Syria in the past seven months.

5. #KNIVES A judge has warned against young people bringing knives to debs and graduation parties after a 21-year-old man was jailed for attacking another young man after a debs in Cork on 26 September 2009. The Irish Times reports this morning that Judge Patrick Moran told Thomas Noonan he was “shocked” that he brought a knife to the dance. Noonan was jailed for assault causing harm to victim Jonathan Gough. His two co-accused were also given sentences for their part in the event.

6. #HSE The media will be allowed to report on an application by the McAnaspie family for reports on the care of their brother Daniel by the HSE, the Irish Times says. Daniel died of stab wounds at the age of 17 in 2010. He had gone missing while in the care of the HSE that January, and his body was discovered on 13 May that year. His sister, Cathriona, said she believes the reports might reveal that his death could have been avoided.

7. #BOTTLED WATER A small proportion of bottled water is still deemed unsafe, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland has revealed. A survey showed that two per cent of samples failed microbiological standards last year – but this is down compared to seven per cent in 2007. Four samples contained E.coli and/or Enterococci while 11 samples showed signs of poor hygiene. Researchers say the industry is still in need of improvement.

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8. #ABUSE CLAIMS The Irish Examiner reports today that claims of sexual abuse were made against a dentist working in special needs services in the southern half of Ireland – but says that the then health board for that part of the country “refused” to launch an inquiry. The HSE said the former health board cooperated with the Gardaí in all the cases.

9. #HITCHENS The author, essayist and polemicist Christopher Hitchens has died of pneumonia, a complication of his oesophageal cancer. The 62-year-old, who wrote for Vanity Fair, was diagnosed with cancer in 2010 and wrote regular columns about his experiences. Vanity Fair paid tribute to Hitchens, describing him as an “incomparable critic, masterful rhetorician, fiery wit, and fearless bon vivant”.

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