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The 9 at 9: Saturday

Welcome to the bank holiday weekend! Here’s the 9 stories you need to know by 9am to kick it off.

Image: Hilda O'Brien via Flickr/Creative Commons

EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories you need to know as you start your day.

1. #ABUSE: Education Minister Ruairí Quinn has said religious orders which ran institutions in which residents were abused must pay the outstanding costs of around €470 million resulting from the abuse. Total costs involved are estimated at around €1.3 billion. The State and the religious orders had agreed a 50:50 split on the bill – but religious orders have offered only €110 million so far, and have paid just under one fifth of that amount.

2. #ARRESTS: Two men have been arrested after a man in his early 30s was found unconscious following a stabbing incident in Cork city. The two men, one in his early 50s and the other in his late 30s, were arrested in Cork late last night. The stabbing victim was taken to Cork University Hospital where he is being treated for his injuries.

3. #MISSION TO PREY: Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte has called the Mission to Prey programme broadcast by RTE’s Prime Time Investigates a “shoddy, unprofessional, cavalier, and damaging piece of work“. Reporter Aoife Kavanagh resigned from the broadcaster last night in the wake of a highly critical report into the programme and RTE has been fined €200,000 by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland for a “serious breach” of the Broadcasting Act over the programme.

4. #AIR CORPS: An inquest into the deaths of two Air Corps pilots killed in a training flight in 2009 has recorded separate verdicts in the deaths of the two men. The inquest jury in Galway returned a unanimous open verdict on the death of Captain Derek Furniss of Dublin and an accidental death verdict on the death of David Jevins of Wexford, the Irish Times reports.

5. #BOMB SQUAD: A bomb disposal team from the Army has made safe a suspicious device found in Tallaght earlier this morning. RTE reports that the device was found underneath a car at around 3am. A number of residents were evacuated from their homes during the incident.

6. #ECONOMY: Austerity is working in Ireland but the European Central Bank needs to do more to fix the lack of growth in the eurozone – at least, according to one of the few people who predicted the Icelandic economic crisis. Speaking to TheJournal.ie, Lars Christensen said the Irish government’s implementation of fiscal austerity is necessary to balance the books but the economy needs to start growing soon.

7. #LONDON MAYOR: Conservative politician Boris Johnson has been re-elected as mayor of London, beating Labour candidate Ken Livingstone into second place. Johnson won by a tighter than expected margin with 51.5  per cent of the vote to Livingstone’s 48.5 per cent in the final count, reports the Guardian. Livingstone, a long-time Labour party activist, announced his retirement from electoral politics after his defeat late last night.

#8. CHINA: The US and China have reached a deal over blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng which will allow the lawyer to move to America and end a minor diplomatic crisis. Chen had escaped from house arrest in China last week and sought help from the US Embassy in Beijing.  US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who was in Beijing for talks, said the US will be staying in touch with the activist.

9. #RIP MCA: Sad news: Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys has died at the age of just 47. Yauch, who was known as MCA in the seminal Brooklyn hip-hop group, had been diagnosed with cancer three years ago. Here’s a 1998 cover story from Rolling Stone magazine about how the trio changed the shape of music; and here’s one of their finest videos. Enjoy.

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