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The 9 at 9 Nine things to know this morning…

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

1. #TRAGEDY: The body of a teenager has been found in a flooded Wexford quarry after a major search was launched last night. The 18-year-old man was with two boys aged 13 and 10, who were taken to safety.

2. #ULSTER BANK: Problems at Ulster Bank have not been resolved and customers will face difficulties until at least the end of the week, the bank has admitted. It called the scale of its backlog “unprecedented”.

3. #DEATH: Two people have been arrested over the murder of journalist Eugene Moloney who was found on Dublin’s Camden Street yesterday morning. Moloney formerly worked for the Irish Independent, whose group managing editor Michael Denieffe today called him a “resourceful and fearless journalist”.

4. #BUDGET: The Government is facing accusations of backtracking on its pledges not to increase income tax or cut welfare rates. Pat Rabbitte told RTÉ’s The Week In Politics last night that he wanted “no red lines” in discussions for this year’s Budget savings.

5. #JAMES NOLAN: The funeral will take place in Wicklow today of 21-year-old James Nolan, who drowned in Poland during the Euro 2012 championships. Ireland captain Robbie Keane yesterday paid a public tribute to the young fan after scoring for his club side LA Galaxy.

6. #ZUT ALORS!: Our Minister for European Affairs Lucinda Creighton is throwing herself into the job ahead of Ireland’s EU presidency next year by taking French lessons. We’ve got all the details – plus some handy phrases she might want to brush up on.

7. #EGYPT: The newly-elected leader of Egypt Mohammed Mursi has pledged to govern for all the country’s citizens regardless of religion or gender, the New York Times reports. The Islamist and Muslim Brotherhood representative yesterday became the country’s first ever democratically elected president.

8. #BORD GÁIS: Bord Gáis has requested approval for a further hike in household gas prices to take place this autumn, reports the Irish Independent. The paper states that the increase will be at least 10 per cent.

9. #LAST OF HIS KIND: Lonesome George, the giant Galapagos tortoise who was the last of his species, has died. Thought to be aged around 100, George had become an icon for the cause of conservationists according to Reuters.

Here he is in action alongside his old pal David Attenborough:


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