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The 9 at 9: Monday

Good morning! Here are the nine things you need to know as you kick off your Monday.
May 20th 2013, 8:43 AM 12,587 5

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

1. #ROW: Independent TD Mick Wallace is to lodge an official complaint against the Minister for Justice today over the alleged misuse of information. Meanwhile, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has given his full support to his party colleague. Last week, Alan Shatter told Prime Time that the Wexford deputy had been cautioned for using a mobile phone while driving but avoided penalty points because of garda discretion.

2. #CROKE PARK II: Talks on a revised public sector agreement resume today after junior minister Brian Hayes told RTÉ that it was possible not all of the €300 million savings target for 2013 would be reached.

3. #ABORTION: The second of three days of hearings on proposed abortion legislation will take place at Leinster House today with the Oireachtas committee for health and children due to hear from a number psychiatrists and other medical experts. will be live-blogging proceedings from 9.30am.

4. #DEATH: Gardaí have launched a murder inquiry after the body of 37-year-old Alan Desmond was found in a field in Tallaght on Saturday night. The remains were discovered by a young schoolboy on Killinarden Hill, reports the Irish Daily Mirror.

5. #SOARING: Michael O’Leary’s Ryanair has announced full-year profits of €569 million, a 13 per cent increase on last year. The budget airline said the results come despite a significant rise in fuel costs.

6. #HISTORY: Plans to fill in a number of Georgian cellars to allow for the construction of the Luas Cross City line have been criticised by a historical society which described the move as a “further erosion” of Dublin’s heritage.

7. #PRE-SCHOOL: Unpublished inspection reports examining preschool tuition have revealed “significant weaknesses” in the range and quality of activities for children, reports the Irish Times.

8. #SAME-SEX MARRIAGE: The Marriage Bill, which would legalise same-sex marriage in England and Wales, returns to the House of Commons later today amid continuing opposition from some Conservative activists and MPs. According to the Daily Telegraph, Prime Minister David Cameron is facing defeat because of an amendment proposed by former minister Tim Loughton.

9. #PIGEON V PLANE: A recent incident involving an Aer Lingus flight and a flock of pigeons highlighted Dublin Airport’s problems in keeping airspace bird-free. subsequently discovered that about 48,000 ‘bird scaring actions’ – involving firing cartridges which emit loud bangs and smoke – were carried out last year.

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