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The 9 at 9: Monday

Nine things to know this morning…

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EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you need to know with your first cup of coffee…

1. #GREECE: Pro-bailout parties are today beginning coalition talks after claiming victory in Greece’s tightly fought election yesterday. The country now looks likely to stay in the eurozone – if party leaders can successfully form a government.

2. #MICK WALLACE: The Wexford TD faces yet more trouble, after his car was towed from Dublin Airport. The car – which was left in the Aer Lingus staff car park as Wallace was spotted in the departure lounge – is now clocking up fees in storage, the Irish Independent reports.

3. #TOURISM: The Guinness Storehouse edged out Dublin Zoo to be Ireland’s most popular tourist attraction last year with more than a million visitors, according to Fáilte Ireland figures reported in the Irish Independent. The most popular free attraction was the National Gallery.

4. #GOOGLE: Google has reported a “troubling” rise in requests from governments of Western countries, asking it to remove political content posted by users. The company’s latest Transparency Report reveals requests from authorities in France, Germany the UK and US – but none in Ireland.

5. #AUNG SAN SUU KYI: Human rights activist Aung San Suu Kyi is due to arrive in Ireland this evening as part of her first trip outside Burma in 24 years. We’ve got the full rundown on what’s happening – and writing for TheJournal.ie, Amnesty director Colm O’Gorman explains why the event is a historic landmark.

6. #MOBILES: Mobile users in rural areas across Ireland could see their signal dwindle after a new auction of network facilities next month – as ComReg is not compelling operators to provide universal coverage, according to handset firm Ericsson. The concerns are reported in the Irish Examiner.

7. #O’BAMA: Michelle Obama is the latest global figure to have their Irish ancestry revealed. A new book states that the US First Lady is descended from a white slave owner who emigrated from Ireland in the 18th century, the Telegraph reports. Now, where are the Corrigan Brothers when you need them?

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8. #COYBIG: Ireland will be lining out for their Euro 2012 swansong against Italy tonight, with Giovanni Trapattoni saying the team aim to “play for honour”. He was speaking amid a fresh spat with Roy Keane, who strongly criticised the team yesterday.

9. #RIGHT TO DIE: A UK father with locked-in syndrome who is asking for the right to die with dignity has taken his campaign to Twitter, using special eye movement technology to tweet. Tony Nicklinson now has 14,000 followers – including a number trying to persuade him to change his mind. But he seems unruffled:

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