The 9 at 9 Nine things to know this morning…

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

1. #RIP: Tributes continue to pour in for the late Fianna Fáil minister Brian Lenihan, who died yesterday after an 18-month battle against pancreatic cancer. Miriam Lord writes in the Irish Times that Lenihan “made it easy for us to forget he was dying”, while EU Commissioner Maire Geoghegan-Quinn said: “He never let up. He never let go. His commitment was total”. His aunt, former minister Mary O’Rourke, led the tributes yesterday. The Examiner reports that Lenihan will be laid to rest on Tuesday.

2. #TRAGIC: A 13-year-old boy from Cashel, Co Tipperary, has drowned while swimming in the River Suir. The Independent reports that Dean Byrne got into difficulty in strong currents and was taken to Waterford Regional Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

3. #SMITHWICK: The Smithwick Tribunal, which is investigating allegations that the Irish state or members of the gardaí colluded in the murder of two RUC officers in 1989, has heard that the IRA gang which ambushed and killed the two senior officers cheered when they lay dead, according to the BBC.

4. #COURTS: Two former Leaving Cert students are to face trial over allegations they sat each other’s physics papers three years ago. One of the two is currently on a sports scholarship to the prestigious Yale University in the US, according to the Irish Times.

5. #BODY FOUND: Gardaí are appealing for information and assistance in helping them identify a man’s body which was recovered from the River Blackwater yesterday afternoon. He is described as being about 5′ 10” in height, of slim build, with black hair. He has a tattoo reading ‘Rangers’ on his upper right arm and is missing the tip of his right index finger. Gardaí can be contacted on 025 82100 or 1800 666 111.

6. #PALIN: The Guardian is inviting any interested person to help catalogue over 24,000 emails released by the state of Alaska yesterday evening which relate to Sarah Palin’s time as governor.

7. #JAPAN: Huge anti-nuclear protests have been planned in cities and towns across Japan today to mark the three-month anniversary of the 11 March earthquake and tsunami which sparked a nuclear crisis at the Fukushima power plant.

8. #PAKISTAN: Pakistan’s security forces are under pressure to explain why they apparently shot a teenage boy at close range in an incident captured on film and broadcast widely across the country. The Telegraph reports that military authorities say they are investigating the incident.

9. #BANNED: New York’s Division of Cemeteries has contacted the state’s pet cemeteries and warned them they must stop burying the ashes of humans alongside their deceased pets, the AP reports.

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