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The 9 at 9: Thursday

Nine things you need to know by 9am: McKillen judgment due today; the secret star wars between the US and China; and why there’s no more red for Chris’s ladies.

Every morning, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you need to know with your bowl of cornflakes.

1. #GE11: Jobs and the economy will be on the agenda as the second full day of election campaigning gets underway. Labour is launching its campaign for a stable fiscal this morning, while Sinn Fein is launching its jobs strategy, a day after Fine Gael unveiled its plan to reduce the national deficit, and admitted tax hikes would form part of its plan. Brian Lenihan is also to discuss the economy this morning, and the Greens are launching their overall campaign strategy.

2. #MCKILLEN: A judgment is due today by seven judges of the Supreme Court in the case against NAMA by Paddy McKillen.

3. #GUN FIND: An AK47 rifle has been recovered by gardaí buried in the undergrowth beside the wall of one of the state’s most upmarket schools, St Gerard’s in Bray, after gardaí carried out a series of dawn searches related to a shooting outside a pub in Finglas in December.

4. #UNPAID FINES: More than 7,000 people were jailed last year for not paying fines imposed by the courts, despite the introduction of the Fines Bill which was supposed to provide alternatives to imprisonment, the Irish Examiner reveals.

5. #UNFAIR DISMISSAL: A human resources manager has been awarded €148,000 against her software firm employer, after the Employment Appeals Tribunal found she had been unfairly dismissed over claims that she had shared sensitive information with a colleague. Her lawyers claimed the real reason she was dismissed is that she was known to be trying to become pregnant, the Irish Times reports.

6. #MICHAELA: One of the accused in the Michaela case has called for magistrate Sheila Bonomally  to step down because she had not given a hearing to his complaints of mistreatment, several newspapers report this morning.

7. #EGYPT: Egypt is holding its breath today, after early morning gunfire rings out across Tahrir Square in Cairo, killing several people, as anti-goverment protestors struggled to hold onto the square. The country’s health minister said five have died in the fighting between pro- and anti-government forces.

8. #STAR WARS: The United States threatened China with military action during a secret star wars arms race during the past few years, new Wikileaks documents published in the Daily Telegraph reveal.

9. #NO RED FOR THE LADIES: Chris de Burgh is auctioning off part of his red wine collection, which is expected to fetch €235,000 in next months’ sale at Christies, because his wife Diane and daughter Rosanna prefer to drink white instead.

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