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The 9 at 9: Saturday

In your 9 at 9: Shooting in Dublin leaves one dead; Gay marriage and gay pride; the footballers who defected; the Facebook presidential poll; and U2 at Glastonbury, it was good, wasn’t it?

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EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you really ought to know with your morning cup of coffee.

1. #SHOOTING A man has been killed following a gun attack at a pub in Dublin overnight. The 21-year-old man died after a shooting at a pub in Inchicore in Dublin. Another man was injured in the attack. Gardaí are investigating.

2. #PAY CUTS The proposed pay cuts for judges should the autumn referendum on the issue pass will not be as big as was first reported. In what the Irish Times says is an embarrassing clarification for the government, senior judges will take a 23 per cent reduction in pay rather than the 31 per cent that will apply to the salaries of new judges.

3. #LIBYA Some of Libya’s top footballers have defected to the rebel side after becoming disillusioned with the rule of Muammar Gaddafi. The group of 17 footballers includes the nation’s goalkeeper, three other national team members and the coach of one of the country’s top clubs Al-Ahly, BBC News reports.

4. #GAY MARRIAGE Gay marriage has been legalised in a sixth US state. Overnight, the New York state senate – controlled by Republicans – voted to legalise gay marriage by a margin of 33-29. Governor Andrew Cuomo immediately signed the bill into law and gay weddings are expected to start happening within 30 days in the most populous state to legalise gay marriage so far.

5. #WHITEY The notorious  Irish-American gangster James ‘Whitey’ Bulger has appeared at a US federal court in Boston where he was remanded without consent to bail. Prosecutors and ‘Whitey’ sparred over whether he had enough money to afford a lawyer. “Well, I could, if you gave me my money back,” Bulger said after more than $800,000 in cash was found at his house in California.

6. #FACEBOOK PRESIDENT? In Egypt, the military  - which has been ruling the country since the ousting of Hosni Mubarak in February – has attempted to show it is committed to a better transition by asking voters which presidential hopeful they like best through Facebook. The Washington Post reports it as a marked difference from the elections held under Mubarak, marred by fraud and rigging.

7. #EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS The Catholic Church celebrates the National Eucharistic Congress at the Marian Shrine in Knock today. It marks the one year countdown to the 50th International Eucharistic Congress which takes place in Dublin next year. Here’s a few facts you might not know about it.

8. #GAY PRIDE Dublin’s gay pride parade takes place in the capital today. The route will follow the same as last year with thousands expected to celebrate when the festivities get underway at the Garden of Remembrance at 2pm. Full details here.

9. #U2Glasto Bono and the boys were in fine form at Glastonbury last night with their performance wowing thousands at the world famous music festival. Planned protests by campaign group Art Uncut didn’t go off as well with their attempts to release a 20-foot balloon reading “U Pay Your Tax 2″ foiled be security guards, reports AFP.

Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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