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Dublin: 9°C Wednesday 27 January 2021

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Nine things to know this morning…

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

1. #ESCAPED PRISONER: A report into the escape of a prisoner who was convicted of killing a garda has found that he had previously absconded from the same Co Cavan facility he escaped from earlier this month.

2. #PLANNING: The government has been accused of “arrogance” over the decision to cancel inquiries into planning issues at local authorities. Former minister Eamon Ryan accused the government of showing “an indifference” to reform.

3. #SPAIN: Flights to and from Spain will be affected by a general strike today which has been organised by the country’s two biggest unions in protest over billions-worth of austerity cuts and new labour reforms. Anyone due to travel is advised to check the status of their flight before leaving for the airport.

4. #FACEBOOK: Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn has said he does not think it appropriate for teachers to befriend their pupils on Facebook. The minister said that it was “difficult to envisage” how school staff would communicate with pupils via social media “in the normal course of events”.

5. #PAKISTAN: A UN worker and their driver are among six people who were killed in attacks in Pakistan yesterday.

6. #BODY: The body of missing Monaghan man Padraig Campbell has been located. A post-mortem will be carried out to determine the cause of death, which gardaí are describing as a tragic incident.

7. #APOLLO 11: Amazon’s Jeff Bezos claims to have found the long-lost engines from the Apollo 11 launch. Not only that, but he says he’s planning to raise them from the sea bed.  ”We don’t know yet what condition these engines might be in – they hit the ocean at high velocity and have been in salt water for more than 40 years,” he wrote in his blog. “On the other hand, they’re made of tough stuff, so we’ll see.”

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8. #STAY CLASSY: By the beard of Zeus… eight years after the comedy classic Anchorman was released, Will Ferrell/Ron Burgundy has announced a  sequel – here’s the video of that announcement.

9. #SUNRISE: The lovely weather is set to leave us by the weekend, with Met Éireann expecting “significantly lower temperatures” by Saturday. TheJournal.ie reader Eoin O’Hagan captured this beautiful sunrise at Lough Derg in Co Clare during this week’s summery conditions:

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