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Wednesday 22 March 2023 Dublin: 12°C
The 9 at 9 Good morning! Here are nine things you need to know as you start your Sunday.

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

1. #NI TALKS: A deal on contentious issues of parades and flags must be reached tomorrow, says US diplomat Richard Haass who is attempting to broker a deal between Northern Ireland’s main political parties.

2. #SAME-SEX MARRIAGE: Taoiseach Enda Kenny said he does not hold the same opinion on same-sex marriage as Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore, but said he will campaign for a Yes vote in the referendum.

3. #FIRE: A ferry has returned to port in Newcastle after a fire broke out in a passenger cabin while out at sea. A number of crew and passengers have been taken to hospital by helicopter.

4. #NUCLEAR: An internal memo from the Department of Foreign Affairs from the 1980s shows the Irish government wanted to “cover themselves in the event of anything going wrong” at Windscale.

5. #JET: In 1982, the Transport and Defence departments and revealed that the government plane cost £579,325 to run.

6. #POWER: Just 200 homes remain without power this morning as ESB workers are completing repairs following damage caused by stormy weather.

7. #FAS: The former director-general of Fas has been hit with a Revenue bill of €10,000, reports The Sunday Times, as officials conclude it was benefit-in-kind when his wife accompanied him on official trips abroad.

8. #EIRGRID: The Sunday Independent reports that there is a second wave of pylons that will see 45 metre towers running along the Dublin commuter belts.

9. #ISRAEL: The Israeli military have confirmed it has shelled Lebanon after two rockets landed in northern Israel, reports the BBC.

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