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Nine things to know this morning…

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EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you need to know before 9am…

1. #GREECE: EU finance ministers meeting in Brussels have finally signed off on a second bailout for Greece, worth around €130billion. Michael Noonan has said the agreement means the troika can now focus on a better deal for Ireland, RTÉ reports.

2. #FRONTLINE: Both the BAI and the Cabinet are set to discuss Seán Gallagher’s demands for an inquiry into the controversial RTÉ Frontline presidential debate. Meanwhile Leo Varadkar has accused RTÉ’s coverage of being biased towards “centre-left” and “liberal” political views, the Irish Times reports.

3. #IRISH RAIL: A young girl remains in intensive care in hospital this morning after being struck by a train last night, RTÉ reports. The incident happened just after 7.30pm near Tipperary town.

4. #VITA CORTEX: The 32 former Vita Cortex workers are due to begin talks at the Labour Relations Commission today, in the hope of resolving their months-long redundancy dispute. The workers have said they have their “fingers and toes crossed” for the talks.

5. #AFGHANISTAN: The US soldier suspected of killing 16 Afghan civilians in a shooting spree had suffered a traumatic brain injury and recent marital problems, ABC News reports. Meanwhile militants have launched an attack on the site of the killings, according to the BBC.

6. #FACEBOOK: Facebook is being sued by Yahoo, in the first major legal battle between tech companies over social media. The lawsuit relates to Facebook’s advertising systems, which Yahoo says break 10 of its patents according to Reuters.

7. #SEXUAL ABUSE: The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre has seen a significant increase in calls since the release of the Ryan report last year, and more allegations of child abuse. A spokesperson told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland that the organisation faces a funding crisis.

8. #RED MEAT: Bad news for steak-lovers – eating red meat of any type significantly increases your risk of premature death. Even small amounts of meat can have a serious impact, according to a major long-term study reported by the LA Times.

9. #GHOST HUNT: A team of paranormal investigators have set up shop in Limerick’s Milk Market in the hope of tracking down a supernatural presence, after locals reported eerie events and unexplained sights on CCTV. The search is being led by Ghost Hunt Ireland, the Limerick Leader reports.

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