The 9 at 9 Nine things to know this morning…

EVERY DAY, brings you nine things you should know with your morning cup of coffee.

1. #RACE FOR THE ÁRAS Counting in the presidential election will get underway again this morning at 9am, with Michael D. Higgins expected to be named as Ireland’s next president at some stage this afternoon. David Norris was eliminated following the second count at around 1.30am this morning, so his votes will now be distributed, with another tally likely before Michael D is declared victorious.

2. #DUBLIN WEST It was a long night too for the Dublin West by-election count, which did see a definitive result. Labour’s Patrick Nulty was named as the successor to the seat left vacant by the death of former Finance Minister Brian Lenihan, but only after a full recount was called by the Socialist Party. The party’s candidate Ruth Coppinger was just 18 votes behind David McGuinness (Fianna Fáil) following the fourth count, but was eliminated after the fourth count, leaving just Nulty and McGuinness to battle it out.

Did you miss out on any of yesterday’s action? Catch up on‘s liveblogs… not one, but two of them, for a comprehensive recap.

3. #DUNPHY In other news, The Star is reporting this morning that Eamon Dunphy has quit his Sunday morning radio show at Newstalk. Dunphy, who’s a columnist with The Star is apparently unhappy with the working atmosphere at the station, and has said that ‘management interference’ is one of his reasons for leaving.

4. #PRIORY HALL A fire near the Priory Hall apartment complex is being investigated by Gardaí. Residents at the complex were recently ordered to pack up their belongings amid fears over fire safety at the building in Donaghmede in Dublin. RTÉ reports this morning that a building near Priory Hall was destroyed by fire last night.

5. #SYRIA The Syrian Government has been sent an ‘urgent message’ by the Arab League, in the wake of the deaths of 37 protesters in the country yesterday. More than 3,000 people have died in Syria since March. The Arab League has said in a statement that the government needs to take action to protect civilians.

6. #QANTAS Forty flights are to be cancelled on Monday by Australian airline Qantas, due to industrial action by engineers. The airline has said that 11,000 passengers are likely to be affected by delays and cancellations. The flights affected are mainly domestic. (Update 9.15am: Qantas says that flights will be grounded from 5pm Australia time today)

7. #METALLICA Metallica fans have vandalised parts of a venue in India after a planned concert was cancelled over safety concerns. The Times of India reports that members of Metallica issued a statement saying that the gig, part of an F1 event, would not be going ahead. Angry fans burned posters and banners, and damaged equipment. It’s reported that organisers had failed to secure a permit for the event.

8. #LIMERICK A man is due to appear in court in Limerick today, in connection with the stabbing of another man during a row in the city on Thursday. The man in his twenties will appear before a special sitting of Limerick District Court. The injured man is in a stable condition in hospital.

9. #BEAVER Finally, a Canadian senator has launched a campaign for the country’s national emblem to be replaced. Nicole Eaton has said that the beaver, which is the current emblem, is a ‘dentally defective rat’, and that a makeover should see the polar bear become the new representative of Canada.

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