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The 9 at 9: Friday

Nine things to know this morning…

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EVERY MORNING, brings you nine things you need to know with your morning coffeee…

1. #MAHON: Former Fianna Fáil leader and Taoiseach Bertie Ahern is likely to be expelled from the party over the findings of the Mahon Tribunal, after officials moved to eject him. Meanwhile Ahern has strongly rejected the report, calling it “unfair and inaccurate”. Here’s his statement in full.

2. #MAHON: The Government is still digesting the implications of the report – but here’s what politicians and others have been saying on the side. We’ve also been looking at how the Mahon was read around the world. And here’s our definitive, in-a-nutshell roundup of what we learned yesterday.

3. #DEATH: An Irish man has died in Venezuela after condoms filled with cocaine burst in his stomach. The Irish Independent reports that two other Irish nationals are in custody following the death of the man in his early 30s on Wednesday.

4. #AFGHANISTAN: US Army sergeant Robert Bales, 38, will be charged today with the massacre of 17 Afghan civilians including a number of children in a shooting spree earlier this month. Bales will face 17 counts of murder in a US court.

5. #WHITNEY: Singer Whitney Houston had cocaine in her system at the time of her death from accidental drowning in a Beverly Hills hotel room, the coroner’s report has found. Heart disease was also listed as a factor.

6. #ESCAPEE: Martin McDermott has been jailed again in Derry after escaping from a prison in Cavan. McDermott, who was serving a sentence in the Republic for the 2008 killing of Garda Gary McLoughlin, was convicted in a Derry court on separate charges.

7. #RYANAIR: The EU Advocate General has ruled in favour of an Irish woman who said Ryanair should pay more than €1,000 in expenses she incurred after the 2010 Icelandic volcano delayed her flight home. The AG said airlines were obliged to pay despite extraordinary circumstances, RTÉ News reports.

8. #IVAN YATES: Newstalk breakfast show presenter and former Fine Gael minister Ivan Yates will quit his job early next month over financial problems, the Irish Times reports. Yates is thought to be considering a move to Britain to apply for bankruptcy there.

9. #ANGRY BIRDS: The makers of multi-million-selling game Angry Birds are planning to take their Birds vs Pigs battle outside… in a series of theme parks. The first Angry Birds Land will open in Finland, followed by several in the UK, PC Mag reports.

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Michael Freeman

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