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The 9 at 9: Saturday

Welcome to the weekend! Here are nine things to know before you get started.

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

1. #TERRORISM: Britain’s spy agency MI5 is under pressure today to answer accusations that it had approached one of the men suspected of killing soldier Lee Rigby in a brutal attack on Tuesday. Scotland Yard arrested a childhood friend of Michael Adebolajo yesterday after he gave an interview to the BBC revealing the link.

2. #CRECHES: The government has been urged to work with childhood professionals to achieve quality in the childcare sector following serious allegations of mistreatment in three centres. According to the Irish Times, the coalition plans to fast-track reforms that will make inspection reports public.

3. #CRECHES: Sticking with that RTÉ investigation into three crechés, the Daily Mail’s front page says that all of the centres employed staff who had not been vetted by gardaí.

4. #STOCKHOLM: Rioting in the Swedish capital continued for a sixth night and also spread further outside the city, reports BBC News. The violence began last Sunday in a poor, predominantly immigrant area.

5. #TRAGEDY: Sixteen children – aged between five and 15 – and a teacher were killed when their school bus caught fire in Gujrat, Pakistan earlier today. The group were just a few kilometres from their destination when the disaster occurred.

6. #MAGDALENES: The former Magdalene Laundry on Sean McDermott Street in Dublin was the last of the infamous institutions to close its doors. Dublin City Council now has plans to convert the site into houses and sell them when the property market improves.

7. #RECESSION: Tipperary coroner Paul Morris criticised Ireland’s banks’ treatment of clients following the inquest into the death of a 64-year-old man, claiming that they work within a “moral vacuum” and that “it was time that someone shouted stop”. Well-known developer Philip De Vere Hunt died by suicide last December, reports the Irish Examiner. He was being pursued over a loan worth more than €30 million.

8. #DEATH: An 82-year-old man who died in a crash yesterday was driving his car on the wrong side of the motorway, the Irish Independent reveals today. Gardaí tried to intercept Martin Heffernan but did not reach him before his vehicle collided with a lorry.

9. #SORRY! The BBC has apologised for referring to a Sinn Féin representative as SF/IRA! on a floor plan in its Belfast studio ahead of Question Time. John O’Dowd made an official complaint after taking part in the panel show.

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