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The 9 at 9: Sunday

Nine things to know this morning: More clemency letters from Norris revealed, bikers to take to the roads in protest over new regulations… and we know who owns Twitter, but who owns ‘tweet’?

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

1. #NORRIS The Sunday Times reports today that presidential hopeful David Norris wrote six more letters asking for clemency for his former partner Ezra Nawi, who was convicted of statutory rape of a 15 year old boy in Israel in 1997. Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyanu was among the political and legal figures who received a letter. The letters are said to be very similar to the two which came to light in July.

2. #RACE FOR THE ÁRAS Meanwhile the Sunday Independent is reporting that Norris is one signature closer to the 20 he needs to secure a spot on the ballot paper. Independent TD Shane Ross has said that he’ll nominate Norris, while Independents Mattie McGrath and Michael Lowry remain the two who could bring him over the line.

3. #MCGUINNESS Another Áras hopeful, Martin McGuinness is making the front pages today, with the Sunday Business Post reporting on secret security briefings which were given to justice ministers and taoisigh during the peace process which identified McGuinness, along with Gerry Adams as members of the IRA Army Council.

4. #MISSING The body of missing camogie captain Karen Coyles has been formally identified in Scotland, after it washed up on a beach on the Mull of Kintyre. The  47-year-old went missing from Ballycastle in Antrim on the evening of 11 September, just hours after captaining the winning team in a camogie sevens tournament in Dublin.

5. #RWC Ireland’s winning streak at the Rugby World cup is continuing with a 62-12 win over Russia in Rotorua. You can catch up with all the action of the game as it happened on TheScore.ie‘s liveblog of this morning’s showdown.

6. #NEPAL 19 people have been killed in a plane crash in Nepal. Those killed are thought to be mostly foreign tourists, who had taken to the skies to get a better view of Mount Everest.

7. #BIKERS Hundreds of bikers are expected to take part in protests across the country today, over new EU regulations which could see motorbike owners forbidden from servicing their own bikes, forced to wear full high-vis jackets. RTÉ reports that there will be ‘slow rides’ along some roads. The protests are also taking place in England.

8. #TOP SCHOOLS University College Cork has been named Ireland’s top university by the Sunday Times, with NUI Maynooth in the runner-up spot. This is UCC’s third time to win the award.

9. #TWEET? Twitter is locked in a legal battle over who owns the trademark on the word ‘tweet’. Twitter has twice lost the right to trademark it, with several other companies claiming ownership. The Wall Street Journal reports that two small start-up companies thought of registering the word first.

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