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The nine stories you need to know this morning…

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EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine things you need to know with your morning coffee.

1. #POLL: More than seven in ten people want a referendum on the proposed new EU treaty according to a poll out today. 40 per cent of people said they would vote ‘Yes’ in a referendum with 36 per cent saying they would vote ‘No’ in the Red C poll for the Sunday Business Post. European leaders are due to work out the final wording of the proposed treaty at an EU summit which starts tomorrow.

2. #ANGLO: The Irish government is in talks with the European Central Bank about delaying its repayment of €31 billion worth of Anglo Irish Bank loans for ten years, a senior minister has told The Sunday Times. The option is being discussed as part of negotiations with the troika into how Ireland’s multi-billion bank debt can be restructured.

3. #SPANAIR: Spain’s government has launched legal action against airline Spanair after it collapsed and cancelled all its planned flights, leaving thousands of passengers stranded, according to the Guardian. RTE reports that around 500 people were due to fly on Spanair flights to Dublin this weekend.

4. #UNLOCK NAMA: Anti-NAMA protesters have said they will continue their campaign after their occupation of a building said to be owned by the bad bank was ended by gardaí. Members of the campaigning group had yesterday taken over a building on Great Strand Street in Dublin city centre and used it for public talks and meetings.

5. #BLOODY SUNDAY: Events will take place in Northern Ireland today to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Bloody Sunday. RTE reports that some victims’ families will not take part in a march in Derry as they believe their relatives have been vindicated by the findings of the Saville Inquiry and the apology from British Prime Minister David Cameron.

6. #MURDER: A 44-year-old man is due to appear in court today charged in relation to the murder of Ger McMahon in Limerick almost two weeks ago. McMahon, 43, was discovered with stab wounds outside a house in Ballinacurra Weston on 18 January.

7. #OCCUPY: Around 300 people, including some journalists reporting on the event, have been arrested at Occupy protests in Oakland, California. Demonstrators broke into City Hall and burned an American flag after police fired tear gas and bean bags at the protesters.

8. #NORTHERN IRELAND: Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson attended his first GAA match last night. The DUP leader received a “warm reception” at the game according to Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness who accompanied him, the BBC reports.

9. #ONE CAREFUL OWNER Want to buy Barack Obama’s car? A Chrysler which apparently used to belong to the US President is up for sale on eBay – and bidding starts at a cool one million dollars.

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