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The 9 at 9 Nine things you need to know by 9am: Man arrested in connection with discovery of a body in Laois; Japan’s nuclear crisis under control ‘within nine months’; shocking figures from the ISPCA; and Cuba’s socialist state could be about to undergo huge change.

Every day, brings you nine things you really need to know with  your morning cup of coffee.

1. #ARREST Gardaí have arrested a man in his 30s in connection with the discovery of the body of a woman in her 30s at a flat in Mountrath in Co Laois last night. The man is being held at Portlaoise garda station and a post mortem is due to be carried out on the woman later today.

2. #DRUG SEIZURES Gardaí say that the two men and one woman arrested in connection with a cannabis plant seizure in Dublin on Friday will appear in court on Monday. A man arrested in Cavan has already appeared in court there and was remanded in custody, while another man arrested in Clondalkin on Friday remains in custody at Ballyfermot garda station. All five were arrested as part of an investigation into an Asian organised crime group.

3. #JAPAN The operator of Japan’s stricken nuclear power plant at Fukushima has said it expects to bring the crisis under control within nine months, BBC reports. The Tokyo Electric Power Company said it aimed to reduce radiation leaks within three months and cool down the badly damaged reactors within an extra three to six months.

4. #HERD MENTALITY The minister for finance Michael Noonan has said that “dissent was discouraged” and that “a dangerous consensus developed” within Ireland’s political and banking system which ultimately caused the financial crisis, reports the Sunday Independent. He was speaking in anticipation of the Nyberg Commission’s report into the banking crisis which is unlikely to make pleasant reading for some.

5. #NAMA The chairman of the National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) has said that the state agency intends to use the €1 billion at its disposal to kick start the property market in Ireland, reports the Sunday Independent. Frank Daly said that provision of “limited financial support” for the purchase of property was a “natural next step”, the paper reports.

6. #SHOCKING Pounds run by the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ISPCA) are putting down a higher percentage of animals than in private shelters, according to The Sunday Times (subscription). Figures reveal that 18 dogs a day were being destroyed in Ireland in 2009. The ISPCA says the figures are a result of its refusal to give dogs to other welfare groups to rehome in Britain.

7. #SOCCER STARS Former Ireland and Liverpool legends Ronnie Whelan and Ray Houghton are under pressure to withdraw from an RTÉ programme sponsored by The Irish Sun, reports the Sunday Independent. The Sun is reviled by Liverpool supporters for allegations it made following the Hillsborough disaster in which 96 people died in 1989. The paper is boycotted by many in Liverpool and Whelan and Houghton are under scrutiny for their association with a programme sponsored by the Irish version of the tabloid.

8. #WHOOPS The UK’s Ministry of Defence has admitted that secret information about nuclear powered submarines was made available online. A ‘schoolboy’ error meant that details of expert opinions on how well the fleet would cope with a catastrophic accident were published, reports the Daily Star Sunday. The MoD now says a secure version has now been published and it is working to stop such incidents happening, the BBC adds.

9. #CUBA The communist state which has existed for 52 years may be about to undergo unprecedented changes after Cuban president Raul Castro indicated that top political positions in the country should be limited to 10 year terms. BBC reports that he has he promised “systematic rejuvenation” of the government of Cuba. Castro and his brother Fidel have ruled Cuba between them since a famous revolution in 1959.

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