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The 9 at 9: Sunday

Nine things you should know this morning…

EVERY DAY, TheJournal.iebrings you nine things you need to know with your morning coffee.

1. #9/11 Today marks the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2011 in the USA. Ceremonies are already underway in some parts of the world, and memorial services are planned across Ireland. US President Barack Obama will attend a memorial service at Ground Zero in New York later, while security has been beefed up across America.

2. #RWC Ireland has come through the first game in its Rugby World Cup campaign with a 22-10 win over the USA in New Zealand. Check out TheScore.ie’s Live Blog for all of the game’s high and low points.

3. #NORRIS Jerome Reilly reports exclusively in today’s Sunday Independent that Senator David Norris is on the verge of announcing his return to the presidential race. Norris still has the support of a number of his original backers, while a senior Fianna Fáil figure has told the Sunday Independent that members of the party are likely to support Norris should he return to the race.

4. #SINN FÉIN Meanwhile the Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has said that he wants his party to support a candidate in the Presidential election next month. Speaking at the party’s Árd Fheis in Belfast last night, Adams said that the matter will be considered by Sinn Féin’s newly-appointed national executive.

5. #LIBYA The head of Libya’s interim government has arrived in the country’s capital Tripoli, greeted by cheering supporters, as battles rage in Muammar Gaddafi’s last strongholds of Bani Walid, Sirte and Sabha. Yesterday the IMF officially recognised the National Transitional Council as the true government of Libya.

6. #AUSTERITY The Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou has said that the country will meet its savings targets and will push through all of the necessary austerity measures . Meanwhile back home, a poll in today’s Sunday Independent sees 51 per cent of those polled saying that the Irish government should now be easing back on its austerity policy, while 49 per cent believe that Michael Noonan should stick with extreme budget plans.

7. #ARREST A man who was arrested yesterday in connection with the murder of Denis Donaldson in Donegal five years ago remains in Garda custody this morning, reports RTÉ. The man is the third person to be arrested in connection with the murder of Donaldson, a former IRA member who was exposed as an MI5 informant in the months before his death.

8. #PEOPLE OF THE YEAR Rory McIllroy, The Ireland Cricket Team, Police Constable Ronan Kerr and Joan Freeman of Pieta House have been named People of the Year in a ceremony in Dublin. Skerries was also honoured for ‘tireless community spirit’ after the search effort for two men – Ronan Browne and David Gilsenan – who were tragically lost at sea in April of this year

9. #NO MAN’S LAND The artist who has set up camp on an artificial island in the middle of the River Liffey in Dublin City Centre has survived his first night at the mercy of the elements. With 160kph winds expected to hit the country later today, let’s hope his home for the week, which he describes as ‘sturdy’ will withstand the winds!

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