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The 9 at 9: Sunday

Good morning! Here are the nine things you need to know as you kick off your Sunday morning.

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

1. #ABORTION: Three Independent TDs have confirmed they will vote against proposals to legislate for abortion in Ireland in line with the Supreme Court verdict in the X Case. Michael Healy-Rae, Noel Grealish and Mattie McGrath told TheJournal.ie they would not support it, seven independent TDs said they would support it, while five said they were currently undecided. Four did not respond to queries.

2. #ABORTION REPEAL: The Sunday Times is reporting this morning that Fine Gael backbenchers want the power to repeal the law if the rate of abortions increase significantly, from the current 20 to 30 a year, following the introduction of abortion legislation.

3. #ROADS: The Road Safety Authority and the gardaí are asking people to remain vigilant on the roads for the remainder of the bank holiday weekend. It comes after two separate road traffic accidents yesterday. In Carlow, two women were killed and four others, including two children, were injured following a collision between a mini-bus and a car. While in Kerry, a man is in a serious condition following a two-car collision just outside Killarney.

4. #NIGEL EVANS: A deputy speaker of Britain’s lower house of parliament was released on bail last night following an arrest on suspicion of raping one man and sexually assaulting another. Nigel Evans, a lawmaker in Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative Party, was questioned over alleged attacks on two men in their twenties over the past four years.

5. #SYRIA: Israeli missiles have hit a research centre outside of Damascus overnight, which is being labelled as one of the biggest attacks on the Syrian army to date.

6. #COURT: Two men are due to appear at a special sitting of Wexford District Court this morning, charged in relation to a seizure of drugs at Rosslare Europort on Friday. The men both Lithuanian,were found with 1.16 kilograms of heroin and 1.1 kilograms of amphetamine with an estimated street value of €190,000.

7. #JUDGES: The Justice Minister Alan Shatter has suggested that the government should consider appointing academics as judges following the announcement of a referendum on the new Court of Appeal in the autumn. According to the Sunday Business Post, Minister Shatter said that the US system should be looked into where some of the leading members of the Supreme Court come from academia.

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8. #GREAT LIMERICK RUN: Around 10,000 people are expected to take part in the Great Limerick Run today. With three events, a marathon, a half marathon and a six-mile run, young and old from across the country and around the world are expected to get involved.

9. #THE VOICE: The Voice of Ireland Star, Kelly McDonagh Mongan, has welcomed a baby boy into the world. The singer was pregnant throughout the RTÉ show and was tipped to win but came in second last Sunday night.

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