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The 9 at 9 Nine things you need to know this morning…

EVERY MORNING, brings you nine things you need to know with your morning cup of coffee.

1. #FIRE: A man in his 30s and his five-year-old daughter have died in a fire at their home in Tralee, Co Kerry overnight. The fire broke out in Oakpark at around 2am this morning. A woman escaped the fire and is being treated in hospital.

2. #GREECE: Politicians in Greece will make one final push to try and form a coalition government in order to bring political stability to the heavily indebted eurozone country. But having failed in their attempts all week to form an administration hopes are not high for today’s negotiations that are being led by the country’s president. We’ve been looking at just what is going on in Greece and just how likely is it that it could pull out of the euro.

3. #ROBBERY: Gardaí are investigating after an armed robbery at a bank in Co Cavan yesterday evening. An armed gang held up staff at the bank just before 5pm yesterday before making off with a substantial amount of cash.

4. #HUDSON: A man has been convicted of murdering three members of actress and singer Jennifer Hudson’s family four years ago. William Balfour was found guilty of three counts of the first-degree murder of Hudson’s mother, brother and, seven-year-old nephew at a court in Chicago. The Oscar winning actress broke down in tears as the verdict was read out, BBC News reports.

5. #EUREF: Voting Yes in the upcoming referendum on the Fiscal Compact treaty will ensure certainty and provide a platform for investment in Ireland, the Irish Business and Employers Confederation  (IBEC) chief Danny McCoy argues this morning. But on the other side of the argument the treaty is ‘risky and dangerously experimental‘ according to economist Dr Terrence McDonough who say we should vote No.

6. #DEBT HOPPING: Bord Gáis has some €17 million owed to it in unpaid debts because of what the Irish Examiner reports this morning is the growing practice of ‘debt hopping’ whereby householders switch between energy providers leaving behind debts that will force some providers to increase customers’ energy bills.

7. #TWITTER: RTÉ presenter Miriam O’Callaghan has revealed that she received “intimidating, unsettling and frightening” messages on Twitter following her hosting of a presidential debate last year. The Prime Time star has told the Irish Independent how she and her family were subjected to threats on the social media website following her controversial questioning of Sinn Féin candidate Martin McGuinness about his IRA past.

8. #ISLAMIC FINANCE: Did you know that Ireland is becoming a hub for Islamic finance? Do you know what Islamic finance is? It’s basically finance that is compliant with Sharia law and that means paying no interest and receiving no interest on your money. Here’s more.

9. #PARTYING BUDDHISTS: Six Buddhist monks who were secretly filmed playing poker, drinking and smoking have had to quit South Korea’s biggest Buddhist order, the Telegraph reports. The scandal came days before Koreans observed a national holiday to celebrate the birth of Buddha. The incident has forced an apology from the head of the Jogye order who has vowed “self-repentance”.

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