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The 9 at 9: Sunday

Good morning. Here are nine things to know as you get breakfast ready…

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EACH DAY, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you should know with your morning cup of coffee.

1. #TRAGEDY: The Down village of Annalong is in shock this morning following the recovery of two bodies from a disused quarry, a popular water hole for swimmers on summer days. The teenage boy and the older man drowned yesterday afternoon.

2. #ROADS: Four people have died on Irish roads this weekend. The fourth, a woman in her 50s, was killed when her motorcycle left the road at Lissvieen in Killarney late yesterday afternoon.

3. #DRINKING: The Department of Health is moving ahead with plans to ban alcohol companies from sponsoring sports events, reports the Sunday Times. However, arts and cultural festivals will be exempt from the new legislation.

4. #ABORTION: The latest Millward Brown poll for the Sunday Independent has revealed an increase in the number of people stating abortion is unacceptable, regardless of the scenario. More than a quarter disagreed with it being allowed where there is a threat of suicide; 16 per cent said it was not acceptable when pregnancy is a result of rape; 14 per cent said ‘no’ where there is a medical risk to the life of the mother (other than suicide); and 17 per cent said it was unacceptable when there is a threat to the long-term health of the mother.

5. #LEE RIGBY: A second man has been charged with the murder of British soldier Lee Rigby, the Met has confirmed. Michael Adebolajo, 28, has also been charged with the attempted murder of two police officers and the possession of a firearm with intent. He is due to appear in court tomorrow.

6. #SYRIA: The International Red Cross has appealed to both sides in the Syrian conflict to allow residents of Qusayr to leave the embattled town which has been the scene of fierce fights for the past two weeks. According to the charity, medical supplies, food and water have all become scarce.

7. #INTERVIEW: Minister Pat Rabbitte has told TheJournal.ie that his comment about “what you do during an election” which appeared to discredit Labour’s own promises were taken out of context – and given an unfair spin by broadcaster Vincent Browne.

8. #NIDGE IN THE USA: According to the Sunday Business Post, a US television network has picked up the option for the popular Irish series Love/Hate, meaning an American take and remake might be on the cards for Darren, Nidge, Fran and friends.

9. #TOO EARLY? The Premier League’s official website seems to have jumped the gun this morning, placing a news article about the official return of José Mourinho to Chelsea online. The story, which has some details missing (such as the number of years his contract will run), is dated Monday, 3 June.

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