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The 9 at 9: Sunday

Nine things to know this morning…

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

1. #NORWAY: The 32-year-old man suspected of the double attacks in Norway on Friday has admitted responsibility for them, according to his lawyer. Anders Behring Breivik claimed that his actions were “gruesome but necessary”. He is due in court tomorrow. Police have been investigating whether a second person was involved, although Breivik says he acted alone. At least 92 people were killed in the two attacks, but the death toll may rise further as four people who were camping on the island remain missing. Norwegian authorities also say they have been unable to fully search buildings damaged by the bomb in Oslo.

2. #COURTS: Gardaí investigating the disappearance of a Latvian man, Juris Buls, have found a body in a wooded area near the Glenamaddy to Creggs Road in Co Galway. A 35-year-old man arrested in connection with the investigation is due to appear before Tuam District Court this morning.

3. #CHILD ABUSE: Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has told the Sunday Business Post (print edition) that new legislation binding professionals and others who have contact with children to report any information they have about child abuse to gardaí will also cover parents. If parents who are told by their children that they have been abused to not inform gardaí, they could face prosecution under this legislation.

4.#RINK SHOOTING: A gunman killed five people before killing himself in what police suspect was a domestic dispute during a party at a roller-skating rink in Texas, the AP reports.

5. #BOI: The government is engaged in last minute talks with potential Bank of Ireland investors to secure a deal which would see the state remain a minority stakeholder in the bank, according to the Sunday Business Post.

6. #HOWLIN: Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has spent over €47,000 refurbishing his constituency and ministerial offices. The Sunday Times (subscription required) reports that that figure includes €47.67 spent on a sign saying “Minister’s Toilet”.

7. #BORD GÁIS: Bord Gáis has added an extra 78 people to its credit control department – more than a seven-fold increase on the previous level of staff there – to cope with the rising level of customer arrears, the Sunday Business Post reports.

8. #RHINO TRAFFICKING: A rhino horn trafficking group recently hired a group of Thai prostitutes and strippers to pose as hunters in South Africa to get around laws limiting the trophy hunting of rhinos, according to Global Post.

9. #WINEHOUSE: Musicians have been paying tribute on Twitter to the late Amy Winehouse, who was found dead at her London home yesterday. Winehouse’s former producer Mark Ronson tweeted:

she was my musical soulmate & like a sister to me. this is one of the saddest days of my life

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