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The 9 at 9 Nine things you need to know by 9am: Colonel Gaddafi’s son killed in NATO airstrike; public sector pay secured; the former Pope to be beatified; another hat in the ring for the Áras; and Playstation to resume services on its network.

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

1. #LIBYA Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s son has been killed in a NATO airstrike in Tripoli in which three of his grandchildren also died. A government spokesman confirmed the deaths and said that the embattled leader escaped unharmed with his wife.  NATO have only confirmed that the airstrike took place.

2. #BEATIFICATION Tens of thousands of pilgrims have descended on Rome to attend a ceremony to mark the beatification of the late Pope John Paul II. The event is being streamed live on YouTube this morning.

3. #PUBLIC SECTOR The Taoiseach Enda Kenny and the government will look to avoid cutting public sector pay ‘at all costs’, reports the Sunday Independent. The news comes despite yesterday’s reported downgrade in economic growth figures which could mean cuts of up to €5 billion in the next budget.

4. #HORSE FAIR Gardaí and Dublin City Council have appealed to the organisers of the Smithfield Horse Fair not to go ahead with it, RTÉ reports. Previous fairs have been marred by violence. Renovation work means that the horse fair will have half the space normally available to it and gardaí say they have made the request in the interest of public safety.

5. #TRAGEDY A 14-year-old boy has drowned in the River Liffey in Co Kildare after getting into difficulty in the river near Clane yesterday evening, RTÉ reports. The body has been removed to Naas hospital where a post mortem examination is being carried out.

6. #FIRE Firefighters in west Donegal are working to tackle a large gorse fire in west Donegal with a number of houses in the densely populated area in danger overnight. Efforts are expected to continue to bring the fire under control until at least midday, RTÉ reports.

7. #MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT A 25-year-old man has died in Cork after his motorcycle collided with a barrier on the N8 outside Rathcormac near Fermoy in Co Cork yesterday afternoon. Gardaí have opened an investigation.

8. #RACE FOR THE ÁRAS Dragon’s Den judge Sean Gallagher is close to “declaring himself in” for the presidential election, reports the Sunday Business Post. The 48-year-old entrepreneur will seek his candidacy as an independent which means he will need the support of 20 TDs and senators or four county councils.

9. #PLAYSTATION Sony has said it will resume some services on its Playstation Network, BBC reports. The service was shut down earlier this week after the theft of the personal details of about 77 million users. Sony says it has boosted security after user names, email addresses and log-in details were stolen.

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