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The 9 at 9: Sunday

Every morning, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine things you need to know as you start your day.

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

1. #DRUGS: A man has been arrested in Galway after Gardaí seized cannabis plants worth an estimated €280,000 were recovered from a house in Tuam, Co Galway, yesterday evening.

2. #DEBTS: A deal on allowing the new ESM fund to directly bail out Europe’s banks could reduce Ireland’s government debts by €43 billion, the Sunday Times suggests, summarising that European leaders are slowly beginning to isolate Angela Merkel in demanding that banking debts be considered a continent-wide problem.

3. #MISSION TO PREY: The Sunday Times reports that RTÉ chairman Tom Savage could be called in front of the Oireachtas communications committee for a third time over the Mission to Prey debacle – discussing a potential conflict of interest involving his role in RTÉ, and his Communications Clinic’s role advising Fr Kevin Reynolds. But, as the Sunday Independent says today – and as we reported on Tuesday – his wife Terry Prone, who runs the clinic, says Savage is not generally informed of the clinic’s goings-on.

4. #TORONTO: A 25-year-old man has been killed, and seven others injured, after a gunman opened fire in the food court of a mall in Toronto. Police believe the victim was targeted, but that the other injured parties – including two in a critical condition – were innocent bystanders.

5. #HIQA: A nursing home part-owned by health minister Dr James Reilly has been criticised after a surprise inspection by HIQA, the Sunday Times says. Reilly currently has no role in managing the Greenhill Nursing Home at the moment, however, after having his ownership placed in blind trust when he took office last year.

6. #MAGDALENE: Alan Shatter is to write to one of the advocacy groups for survivors of the Magdalene Laundries after the government was criticised for a lack of response to their concerns. A survivors’ group said earlier this week that government ministers had failed to enter a “restorative and reconciliation process” which was promised to them last year.

7. #WHODUNNIT: One of the world’s richest and most highly-respected investors has laid blame for the Eurozone’s debt crisis squarely at the feet of Angela Merkel. George Soros says Merkel’s insistence that individual countries back up their banks, rather than suggesting that Europe act as a whole, is what ultimately led some countries – like us – into their financial turmoil.

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8. #EGYPT: Massive duelling protests have been seen across Egypt, following the ruling that Hosni Mubarak will face life imprisonment for conspiracy to kill protesters last year. The bulk of protesters are demonstrating against the guilty verdict – but others are demanding the death penalty for Mubarak rather than life imprisonment.

9. #WHAT THE FLIUCH?: If you weren’t already woken by the lashing rain against your window this morning, lucky you – but be warned: it’s a wet one out there. This Met Éireann image tells you everything you need to know, we think.

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