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The 9 at 9: Monday

Good morning! Here are nine things to know before you start your day.

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EVERY DAY, brings you nine things you should know with your morning cup of coffee.

1. #RIP: People across the country have paid tribute to teenager Donal Walsh who passed away at his Kerry home last night. During his battle with cancer, the inspirational 16-year-old spoke publicly about the growing number of teen suicides in Ireland. His message: dying is “never a solution to any of life’s problems”.

2. #STRIKE: Thousands of commuters will be impacted by the continuing industrial action at Bus Éireann today as the “vast majority” of routes have been cancelled. Although school bus services will operate as normal, some pupils will be affected as they are public transport ticket holders.

3. #PUBLIC PAY: As talks on Croke Park II resume today amid reports of a breakthrough, Minister Brendan Howlin has told that it is in the personal interests of public workers to accept pay cuts as they would stand to benefit when Ireland regains financial independence.

4. #COLD CASE: Two men have been arrested by gardaí investigating the 2002 murder of 23-year-old David McCreevy in Tallaght. The two suspects are both in their 30s.

5. #SHOOTING: A gunman opened fire at a Mother’s Day parade in New Orleans yesterday, wounding 19 people including two 10-year-olds.

6. #DRIVING: Motorists convicted for drink-driving or ‘road rage’ will be required to attend rehabilitation courses under new rules due to be implemented next year, reports the Irish Daily Mail.

7. #SMARTER PHONES: Samsung Electronics believes it has successfully tested super-fast fifth-generation (5G) wireless technology that would allow users download an entire movie in just one second.

8. #FRAUD: An investigation has been launched into alleged, attempted fraud by an employee of Abtran, a Cork-based company which operates the property tax helpline on behalf of the Revenue Commissioners. It is understood the credit card details of 11 callers were solicited unnecessarily.

9. #JENGA’S BACK: A county Meath family is said to be delighted about the retrieval of their albino boa constrictor which was stolen about one week ago. Jenga was found in a pet shop, according to the Irish Times.

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