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The 9 at 9: Friday

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 cup of coffee.

1. #TIT BONHOMME: Dive teams are to resume their search off the coast of Cork for three fisherman lost at sea since their trawler sank last Sunday. Yesterday, the bodies of 21-year-old Dubliner Kevin Kershaw and 26-year-old Attia Shaban were recovered from Glandore Bay.

2. #STABBING: A 24-year-old man has died in Cork after what appears to be a stabbing at Passage West late last night. Gardaí have arrested a man in his twenties in relation to the incident.

3. #FRACKING: Senator Feargal Quinn has said that Ireland should allow fracking as it would create jobs and give us access to billions of euro worth of natural gas. Speaking during a Seanad brainstorming session yesterday, he added that the Government could compel companies to put up a bond equal to the potential clean-up costs of any environmental damage caused.

4. #TRAGIC: Two premature babies have died at a Belfast hospital following an outbreak of a deadly infection. The neonatal unit at the Royal Jubilee Maternity Hospital is refusing admissions and expectant mothers could be sent to Dublin or Britain, reports the Irish News.

5. #DRUGS: A controversial plan to establish a medically-supervised drug injecting centre has been revealed by the Ana Liffey Drug Project today. The facility would allow drug users to inject in a clean, safe space instead of in public. Proponents of the development say it could help prevent HIV, Hepatitis C and accidental overdoses.

6. #GREECE: Talks are to resume this morning between Greek officials and private creditors as Athens tries to reach agreement on a debt swap. According to Bloomberg, Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos said yesterday’s discussions about securing a haircut on private loans were positive and substantial. The country’s former finance minister Stefanos Manos told Morning Ireland that a Greek default is likely.

7. #SHUTDOWN: The US Department of Justice and the FBI have carried out a major action to close a huge content-sharing site MegaUpload for copyright infringement. A number of the company’s operators have been arrested, according to the LA Times. It’s subsidiary site MegaVideo became popular across the world for unauthorised downloads of films and television shows.

8. #STARS AND STRIPES: Two Dublin men who were holidaying in Tennessee face up to 12 months jail-time in the US after stealing an American flag from the city of Knoxville, reports the Star this morning. Police raided their hotel room and found the stolen article stuffed between their beds.

9. #HE SINGS TOO: US President Barack Obama broke into song at a fundraising event last night…and he can actually hold a note. What do you reckon he sang? And to who? Check it out here.

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