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The 9 at 9 Nine things you need to know this morning…

EVERY MORNING, brings you the nine things you should know as you start your day.

1. #NORTH: Nine PSNI officers have been injured after a parade passed through the Ardoyne area of Belfast to mark the Twelfth of July yesterday. Police used water cannons to push back nationalist protesters while a car was set alight and petrol bombs were thrown at riot police

2. #MICHAELA: Police in Mauritius have admitted that they have no other leads in their investigation into the death of Michaela McAreavey. The trial of two men for her murder ended yesterday with a not guilty verdict. Check out the main talking points of the trial. One of the defence lawyers has said his client may seek damages in the wake of the trial.

3. #SYRIA: More than 250 people are reported to have been killed by government forces in the Hama region of Syria. Most of the dead are reported to be civilians.

4. #PLANE RTÉ reports this morning that a plane was returned to New York after suspicious wires were found in the bathroom. Experts examined the aircraft but no explosives were found.

5. #CRASHES Two people have been killed in road crashes in Sligo and Cork. A woman in her seventies was killed in a collision in Glengarriff in Cork, while a 26-year-old motorcyclist died when his bike hit a ditch at Ballygawley in Sligo.

6. #VISA A Fine Gael senator is calling for the introduction of a short-term technology visa to help address the IT skills shortage in Ireland. IBEC recently found that 95 per cent of companies here feel there is a lack of technological talent.

7. #WEATHER Is it raining where you are this morning? It’s raining outside HQ, but things are (sort of) looking up for the weekend. Saturday will see long dry spells, and Sunday will be mainly bright too… but the rain will be returning for Monday.

8. #RYANAIR If you’re getting a Ryanair flight this morning, you might be getting a special reception as you prepare to board. Numerous people have been tweeting that the airline’s head honcho Michael O’Leary is at Dublin Airport this morning processing passengers.

9. #STONED A veterinary clinic in New Zealand has said that it has been treated stoned and drugged pets since it opened in January. According to 3 News the After Hours Veterinary Hospital in Hamilton said most of the pets had eaten marijuana which they had found in their owner’s homes. One dog was out of control after eating magic mushrooms.

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