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The 9 at 9: Thursday

Nine things you need to know by 9am: The news from the Department of Finance is even worse than we thought; an artist’s fingers cut off during a savage attack and everything you need to know to bluff your way through the day’s cricket chat.

Every morning, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you really need to know with your morning coffee.

1. #SOBERING: The negotiating parties from Fine Gael and Labour have described the news they heard from the NTMA and the Department of Finance as “depressing” and by Joan Burton as “sobering”.

2. #KERRY: The search for the body of a West African man who is believed to have jumped into the sea at Ballybunion, after six hours of garda negotiations, is due to resume this morning. Meanwhile, it’s been confirmed that his wife Kataryzna Bartowiak died of strangulation, and may have been dead since Monday.

3. #BRUTAL: A burglar who cut off an artist’s fingers and used knives on her “like a butcher”, attacking her so brutally she had to be resuscitated when she arrived in hospital, is due to be sentenced in July.  The man, James Kenny, had previously stabbed a man and his partner repeatedly during a robbery – on that occasion, he got a four year sentence, the Irish Times reports.

4. #CHILDREN: More than 150 cases of sexual and physical abuse or assault by children in state care occurred between 2005 and 2007, according to documents released under FOI to the Irish Examiner.

5. #INDEPENDENTS: At least 9 independent TDs are to form a Dail technical group giving them speaking rights similar to other parties – the group needs to be made up of at least 10 TDs in order to give it those rights, the Examiner reports.  The Independents include Finian McGrath, Maureen O’Sullivan, Catherine Murphy, Stephen Donnelly, Shane Ross, Mick Wallace and Luke “Ming” Flanagan, Mattie McGrath and Thomas Pringle.

6. #DOUBLE MURDER: The estranged second wife of Colin Howell, Kyle Jorgensen, is to be questioned again by the PSNI after it emerged during the trial that he had confessed to her to the murders in 1998, just 15 months after their marriage, according to today’s Irish News. The Northern Ireland police Ombudsman is to investigate how the original RUC investigation was carried out.

7. #PREGNANCY LOSS: The psychological impact of losing a baby during pregnancy can last years – even after the woman goes on to give birth to a healthy baby, according to a British study.

8. #CRICKET: If you missed out on yesterday’s record cricket win, don’t worry. We’ve got everything you need to know to bluff your way through the morning’s watercooler conversations, from the real winners, to the unforgettable images, the Twitter reaction, and you can even relive the action as it happened on our liveblog.

9. #OOPS: Fine Gael TD for Dun Laoghaire, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, has revealed she has made an appointment with her optician this morning after driving down the plinth outside Leinster House yesterday, the Mail reports.

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