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Nine things you need to know by 9am: Parties face gender quotas or funding cuts, JP McManus to sue Facebook, and the kit Barack Obama left behind in Ireland…

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Every morning, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you really need to know with your morning caffeine fix.

1. #GENDER QUOTAS: After years of proposals and debate, the government is finally about to discuss proposals to slash funding for political parties if they do not try to match the number of men and women they run as election candidates. The Irish Times has environment minister Phil Hogan confirming that parties could lose half of their state funding – worth €13m last year – if women don’t account for 30 per cent of candidates.

2. #FACEBOOK: The world’s youngest billionaire, Mark Zuckerberg, is still in town – but his company is facing a lawsuit from another self-made billionaire, gambler JP McManus. Many of today’s papers report how McManus yesterday launched a bid to sue Facebook Ireland over its failure to delete three accounts impersonating him on the site.

3. #ROBBERY: Celebrity solicitor Gerald Kean and his model fiancée Lisa Murphy have admitted to the Irish Independent that they had not insured the €1.5m of jewellery stolen from their home at knifepoint on Thursday evening.

4. #OBAMA: The US president might long have departed these shores – but some of his stuff has stayed behind. The Irish Times’ Elaine Edwards writes that one of the US’s chinook helicopters damaged a blade in Dublin’s high winds – and is still on site.

5. #COURTS: A 45-year-old man has been awarded €4.5m in court after cold sores led to a virus that caused him to incur significant brain damage – leaving him a “child in a man’s body”.

6. #WIKILEAKS: The man suspected of being the main source for WikiLeaks’ treasure troves of leaked US documents was “mentally fragile” and not for deployment to Iraq – apparently being so fragile before deployment that he would frequently wet himself, one of his former training officers has told the Guardian.

7. #EGYPT: Hosni Mubarak might be gone, but Egyptians are taking to the streets again – sparking what they are already calling a “second revolution”, expressing impatience at the slow rate of progress by the country’s interim military leaders in bringing about a full democracy.

8. #SLANE: 80,000 people are descending on the County Meath village of Slane today for the annual gig at Slane Castle, this year being headlined by the Kings of Leon. Organisers have expressed confidence that new traffic measures being put in place today will help to avoid the chaos that followed Oasis’s gig in 2009. Are you going? Here’s what you need to know.

9: #BLACKBEARD: Marine archaeologists have recovered what they believe is the anchor of the Queen Anne’s Revenge – the boat of legendary pirate Blackbeard, which sank in 1718 just months before the pirate’s death. The anchor was found off the coast of North Carolina.

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Gavan Reilly

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