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The 9 at 9: Sunday

Good morning. Here’s nine things to know before you start your day.

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EVERY DAY, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories you need to know as you kick off your day.

1. #COUNT: The counting of votes from yesterday’s Children’s Rights Referendum will begin at 9am and a result is expected early this afternoon. Turnout across the country was low as polling stations reported that only between a quarter and a third of eligible voters cast ballots.

2. #SCANDAL: BBC’s director general George Entwistle has quit just two months after taking the top job. His resignation is part of the fallout of the Newsnight child abuse broadcast which led to Lord McAlpine being wrongly implicated in the north Wales scandal. The broadcaster is live-blogging the crisis as it unfolds.

3. #REMEMBER: Eamon Gilmore will become the first Minister to lay a wreath during a Remembrance Day service in Belfast today, reports RTÉ. Enda Kenny will attend a Remembrance Sunday event in Enniskillen where 11 people were killed by an IRA bomb 25 years ago.

4. #PUB LIFE: Eoin Quinlan, the landlord of GAA fan-favourite Quinns of Drumcondra has started living in the pub as he fears IBRC will seize control of it over claims that he owes €250,000 in rent arrears, a figure he disputes. Tom Lyons and Don Lavery in the Sunday Independent report that Quinlan, whose family has been running the pub for more than 20 years, believes he is a “casualty” of the bank’s “vendetta” against Seán Quinn who once held the lease.

5. #ANGLO: Sticking with the IBRC, the Sunday Times notes that the chief executive Mike Aynsley was paid more than €600,000 in temporary allowances between 2009 and 2011. That figure is paid on top of his annual salary of €500,000, pension contribution of €125,000 and benefits of €40,000.

6. #CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL: The saga isn’t over yet and there may be more headaches to come for Health Minister James Reilly. According to the Sunday Business Post, the proposed site at St James’s Hospital for the new children’s hospital is facing “significant planning problems” as the scale and mass of the development is expected to exceed guidelines.

7. #WAR: A mother and her newborn baby were among six people killed in a roadside bombing – planted by Taliban insurgents – in Afghanistan overnight.

8. #EARTHQUAKE: Up to 13 people are feared dead in Myanmar following a strong earthquake earlier this morning. Both a bridge and a gold mine collapsed when the 6.8-magnitude quake hit.

9. #SPY GAMES: Jordan’s former intelligence chief has been sentenced to 13 years in prison for corruption, BBC News reports.

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