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The 9 at 9: Saturday

In today’s 9 at 9: David Drumm continues to pay himself $9k a month after filing for bankruptcy; Noonan says he will being to negotiate for a new interest rate next month; and it’s all over for Brian and Delta.

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Every morning, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you really need to know with your bowl of cornflakes.

1. # BAILOUT: Finance Minister Michael Noonan says that he will begin to seek a reduction in the interest rate for Ireland’s bailout package next week, when finance ministers from the EU meet in Budapest, the Irish Times reports. Meanwhile, both Fine Gael and Labour have denied that they have reneged on election promises by protecting senior bondholders, according to the Irish Examiner.

2. #DRUMM: It has been revealed that after former Anglo chief David Drumm filed for bankruptcy last year he continued to pay himself $9,000 each month – as well as checking into expensive New York hotels and giving his brother a loans worth thousands of euro, reports the Irish Independent.

3. #VICTIMS: The Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has announced plans to extend the rights of victims of crime to make a victim impact statement in court, the Irish Examiner reports. Under the new plans, include victims of burglary, theft, serious traffic offences, and antisocial behaviour would be able to make statements about how a crime has affected them.

4. #ELECTRIC DREAMS: The introduction of electric cars has been put on hold as the Minister for Energy and Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte, has not yet approved the long-awaited grant scheme, reports the Irish Times.

5. #MISSING: The search for two missing Dublin fishermen has resumed this morning off Skerries harbour. The men were reported missing after failing to return harbour at 6.30pm last night, according to RTÉ.

6. #AFGHANISTAN: The United Nations is to review its security system following the deaths of 12 people in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif yesterday. A peaceful protest against the burning of the Qur’an turned violent when some protesters outside UN headquarters grabbed weapons from the UN guards, opened fire on the police, and stormed the building.

7. #IVORY COAST: Some 800 people have been killed in ethnic violence in Ivory Coast city of Duekoue this week, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), reports the BBC.

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8. #BODY SCANS: The levels of radiation emitted by full body scans pose a ‘negligible’ threat to a person’s health, US medical experts have insisted. Patrick Mehta and Dr Rebecca Smith-Bindman, experts in public health and radiology at the University of California have said that the increase in a person’s cancer risk equal about four extra cases among a million frequent flyers, the BBC reports.

9. #MCFADDEN: Ex-Westlife singer Brian McFadden has announced that he and long-term fiancée, Australian singer Deltra Goodrem, have broken up. The couple said that they had come to the end of their seven-year relationship, after rumours indicated that they were finding it hard to maintain their long-distance relationship, the Mirror reports.

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