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The 9 at 9: Tuesday

Nine things you should know this morning…
Oct 25th 2011, 8:21 AM 3,224 4

EVERY DAY, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you should really know with your morning cup of coffee.

1.#FLOODS As floodwaters recede across Dublin this morning following the torrential rain yesterday, delays and disruptions are expected on the roads and on public transport services. We’ve compiled a Twitter list of the latest updates and have summarised details of the disruptions here.

2. #SEARCH Gardaí say the search for a man, understood to be an off-duty garda, continues in Blessington this morning after he was swept away by floodwaters yesterday evening. The man has been named locally as Ciaran Jones, from Manor Kilbride in Co Wicklow.

3. #RACE FOR THE ÁRAS The presidential election was turned on its head last night after allegations that frontrunner Seán Gallagher accepted a cheque for €5,000 on behalf of Fianna Fáil were raised by Martin McGuinness. Gallagher is set to face questions over the issue today. Here’s where he and the other candidates will be campaigning.

4. #REFERENDUM There has been an increase in the number of people who intend to vote no in the upcoming referendum on Oireachtas inquiries and almost a quarter of the electorate are still undecided, according to an Ipsos/MRBI poll in the Irish Times today. On the issue of cutting judges’ pay, 85 per cent of people say they will vote yes, according to the poll.

5. #TURKEY The search for survivors of Sunday’s devastating earthquake in eastern Turkey continues  today as the death toll nears 300. Well over 1,000 people have been injured and rescue teams are working through the freezing night time in a bid to rescue people still trapped in the debris of buildings.

6. #OCCUPY HOME Nine out of ten of the tents outside St Paul’s Cathedral in London, where the anti-capitalist protest group Occupy London is based, are empty according to police, The Times (subscription required) reports today. Many of the protesters based at the camp of around 200 tents head home at night for warm and comfort, the paper reports.

7. #AVIVA Staff at the insurance company Aviva and union officials will meet with management from the company today over its plans to shed over 900 jobs next year which have been met with “fury and determination of staff throughout the country” according to the union, UNITE, which is to ballot its members on industrial action.

8. #BEES A highway in the US state of Utah had to close yesterday after a lorry, carrying some 20 million bees, overturned and freed the insects. BBC News reports that Interstate 15 closed for seven hours while beekeepers worked overnight to recapture the bees. Two police officers were among those stung.

9. #CHILD’S PLAY A man had to be cut out of a children’s playground swing by authorities in San Francisco after reportedly being stuck there for nine hours. The Times-Herald reports that the unidentified 21-year-old had made a bet with friends that he could fit in the swing. Having lubed himself up, he was able to fit in but not able to get out until firefighters had to cut him free.

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Hugh O'Connell

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