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The 9 at 9: Thursday

Nine things you really should know by 9pm: Kenny heads to Brussels, Norris gets a boost from the public and what the British ambassador really thought of Charles Haughey in 1980…

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

1. #PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION: The recent controversy over comments made by presidential hopeful David Norris don’t appear to have damaged his popularity among the public. He tops a poll of nominees carried out for the Irish Independent this morning, with Michael D Higgins just two points behind.

2. #EU SUMMIT: Taoiseach Enda Kenny is heading to an EU summit in Brussels today. The Greek crisis will be the main topic for discussion as Europe struggles to contain the knock-on effect of a possible default.

3. #CRICKET: First came Rory McIlroy, then came Conor Niland… Now another Irishman is moving centre stage in international sport. Eoin Morgan could potentially captain the English cricket team this weekend – see how here.

4. #BELFAST: Speaking of ‘Glory’ McIlroy, golf hero Rory has said that he is greatly saddened by the riots in Belfast. The violence there eased off last night with Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness trying to establish talks in the community.

5. #WEALTH: Ireland’s financial crisis has not hit everyone equally. A new global wealth report has found that we had 19,000 “high net worth individuals” in the country last year – that’s up on 2009.

6. #COCAINE: Scientists carrying out separate studies have linked cocaine addiction to two major health issues. One piece of research has found that the drug can change how an addict’s brain works. A second study found that heavy cocaine use can damage heart function.

7. #HAUGHEY: Papers released from the British National Archives under the 30-year confidentiality rule have revealed that the British ambassador to Ireland in 1980 thought Charles Haughey was a “tough, clever, wily man” and agreed with a synopsis of his character as ‘Ireland’s answer to JR’.

8. #LIBYA: The country’s leader Muammar Gaddafi has accused Nato of murder after sustained bombing on Libya. However, the UK and France have dismissed Italian calls for a temporary halt to the raids to allow humanitarian aid through.

9. #OH MARY: An art exhibition called ‘Our Lady and Other Queer Santas’ at UCC has been denounced by the Bishop of Cork and Ross, according to the Irish Independent. Bishop John Buckley said it wa “unacceptable” that Our Lady be depicted in a floral bikini.

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