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The 9 at 9: Saturday

Good morning! Here are nine things you should know as you start your day…

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

1. #CATHOLIC CHURCH: Taoiseach Enda Kenny is in Rome today to meet Pope Benedict as part of a two day meeting of international Christian Democrat parties. This will be the first time Kenny speaks to the Pope since his strong criticisms in the Dáil of the church’s handling of child sex abuse.

2. #GUINEYS: Workers at Guineys on Dublin’s Talbot Street have been told it is unlikely that they will receive their pensions after the shop closed unexpectedly during the week. The workers had been paying into a pension scheme for several decades and some are believed to be approaching retirement age.

3. #STABBING: A 25-year-old woman was stabbed to death in Clonsilla, Dublin, last night at around 8.30 pm. A male relation of the woman was also stabbed several times and is being treated at Connolly Hospital where he is said to be in a serious but stable condition.

4. #CHILDREN’S REFERENDUM: The Irish Refugee Council (IRC) has questioned whether children in the asylum system in Ireland are included under the wording of the upcoming children’s rights referendum, The Irish Examiner reports. The IRC is awaiting legal advice and said it was concerned with certain aspects of the wording which are vague concerning the actual rights accorded to children.

5. #QUINN: An €11 million loan given to the Quinn family firm by a bank in India, despite court orders not to interfere with its property portfolio, has been revealed in the Irish Independent. The collateral for the loan was future rental income at an office block in India owned by the family.

6. #TEE TOTAL: Former bar staff at the country’s largest student campus, UCD, are to begin industrial action over delays in redundancy payments after its largest bar closed last month with heavy debts. The campus Student Bar has closed with heavy debts – while the builders in charge of building a new one have also hit trouble.

7. #PAPAL NUNCIO: Former Papal Nuncio to Ireland, Gaetano Alibrandi,  left Dublin and the Vatican’s diplomatic service in 1989 after questions about large amounts of unaccounted for money in three Irish bank accounts belonging to him, The Irish Times reports. The money is believed to have originated in South America and when asked about the funds, Alibrandi answered that it belonged to “family”.

8. #AUSTRALIA: The Roman Catholic Church in Victoria, Australia, has confirmed that 620 children were sexually abused by its priests in the last 80 years, with the majority of abuse taking place between the 1960s and the 1980s  BBC reports. Campaigners in Australia say the true number of abuse victims could be up to 10,000.

9. #LIBYA: At least four people have been killed and dozens injured when militiamen opened fire on hundreds of protesters attempting to storm one of the bases, RTE reports. Earlier in the evening the protesters had called for an end to milita rule and stormed the headquarters of the Islamic Ansar al-Sharia brigade, whose members are accused of an attack that left US ambassador Chris Stevens and three other diplomats dead.

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