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The nine stories you need to know this morning, including: students expelled from Dublin school over Facebook messages, one third of voters don’t know how they’re voting – and Copper Face Jacks…

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

1. #REFERENDUM: Around one third of voters still don’t know how they will vote in the upcoming referendum according to a new poll. 37 per cent of voters intend to vote Yes, 24 per cent will vote No, and 4 per cent say they will not vote, according to the Millward Brown Lansdowne poll in the Irish Independent. Fine Gael voters have the largest proportion of Yes voters, while 82 per cent of Sinn Féin voters intend to vote No.

2. #GREECE: The cost of Greece exiting the euro could be $1 trillion, according to the dramatic front page of The Guardian today. The estimate comes amid mounting speculation about the country’s future in the eurozone. The Wall Street Journal reported that some €700 million has been withdrawn from Greek banks so far this week, raising further concerns for European leaders.

3. #FACEBOOK:  Four students have been expelled from a Dublin school after posting abusive messages about teachers in the school on Facebook. The Irish Times reports that the fifth-year students at Oatlands College in Mount Merrion posted sexual allegations about a male and female teacher in the school and made negative remarks about another female teacher. Forty other students were given detention for liking the posts.

4. #TALLAGHT HOSPITAL: The health watchdog is set to publish a report into safety at Tallaght Hospital in Dublin later today following an investigation last year into concerns about patients at the hospital’s Emergency Department. The inquiry followed concerns raised by the Dublin city coroner who said the hospital “sounds like a very dangerous place” at the inquest into the death of a 65-year-old man at the hospital last March.

5. #LEGAL FEES: The legal fees of the solicitor working for Fr Kevin Reynolds have been cut by almost €200,000 following an unprecedented ruling by the High Court Taxing Master. Declan O’Neill said that economic downturn and the decrease in professional fees were behind his decision to cut the fees of the lawyer by almost 70 per cent in the case taken by the priest against RTE over the Mission to Prey programme.

6. #AMPUTATION: The High Court has granted permission to a hospital to amputate the leg of an unconscious man in order to save his life after his relatives refused to give consent for the operation. The Irish Independent reports that the 59-year-old has gangrene, and doctors had warned that unless they operated immediately he could develop life-threatening complications.

7. #WELCOME HOME: Hundreds of Irish troops deployed to Lebanon will return home today after completing a six-month tour of duty. Around 240 members of the 105th Battalion will arrive in Dublin Airport this afternoon, one week after the 200 other members of the battalion returned to Ireland. Almost 12,000 international troops are involved in the UNIFIL mission in Lebannon.

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8. #KENNEDYS: The estranged wife of Robert F Kennedy Jr, the son of RFK and nephew of John F Kennedy, has been found dead at her home in New York. The New York Times reports that the 52-year-old is believed to have killed herself. The couple are believed to have separated in 2010 but were not divorced.

9. #COPPER FACE JACKS: It’s the nightclub of choice for gardaí, nurses and the Dublin football team – and now, apparently, the US Secret Service. Dublin nightclub Copper Face Jacks is at the centre of an unlikely sex scandal after a married US Secret Service agent is alleged to have started an affair with a woman in the nightclub when he was in Dublin as part of Barack Obama’s visit to Ireland last year, according to The Sun. The agent is now being investigated over claims Secret Service agents used prostitutes in Columbia.

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