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Nine things you need to know by 9am: How to save €190 on your electricity bill; wreckage of crashed Air France plane turns up after 2 years, and Al Fayed’s wacko gift for Fulham fans.

Every morning, brings you nine things  you really need to know by 9am.

1. #ESB: There’s good news for consumers who could make savings of up to €190 on their electricity and gas bill, thanks to the deregulation of the electricity market – but unfortunately the savings don’t extend to those in arrears, the Irish Times reports. Earlier this month, it was reported that 150,000 ESB customers were in trouble with their bills as ESB announced that it would increase the number of pre-payment electricity meters in Irish homes. Find out more about how to avail of the offer here.

2. #SEARCH: Up to four coastguard units are involved in the search for two fishermen who failed to return from a fishing trip off the coast of Skerries on Friday evening. The Mirror reveals that one of the two missing fishermen, Ronan Browne, previously had a miracle recovery from a coma after he was involved in a road accident. The second man, David Gilsenen, is a father of two.

3. #OMAGH: The family of the 25-year-old PSNI officer who was killed in a car bomb in Omagh on Saturday has appealed for his death not to be in vain. His mother Nuala Kerr urged other young Catholics not to be deterred from joining the police force, the Irish News reports. Security concerns are mounting ahead of the Queen of England’s visit to Ireland, the Irish Times adds. Meanwhile, the killing has been condemned by political and church leaders.

4. #SMITHFIELD: Three men have been arrested in the latest incident at the Smithfield Horse Fair. Gardaí tried to seize a horse from a man who galloped it through the fair, the Irish Daily Star reports.

5. #REFUGEE TRIBUNAL: The government has paid solicitors and barristers more than €3 million in 2009 and 2010 for hearing appeals to decisions to refuse refugee status, the Irish Times reports.

6. #JAPAN: Workers at the stricken Japanese plant are using shredded paper and sawdust to try to close off pipes through which radioactive water is flowing into the sea, the Telegraph reports.

7. #PLANE CRASH: Wreckage from an Air France jet lost over the Atlantic with 228 people on board has been found two years on.

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8. #NOT WINNING: Charlie Sheen’s live show, the Torpedo of Truth, has bombed in Detroit, where he was booed off the stage as fans complained that he gave “a series of nonsensical rants”. Entertainmwent Weekly said the show “misjudged the patience of even the hardest of hardcore fans.” Meanwhile, Martin Sheen has said his son Charlie’s addiction is “as dangerous as cancer”.

9. #AL FAYED: The BBC reports that Mohammed Al Fayed has told Fulhman fans they can “go to hell” if they don’t like the new Michael Jackson statue he has unveiled at Craven Cottage stadium at the weekend.

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