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Dublin: 6 °C Thursday 27 February, 2020

The 9 at 9: Tuesday

Nine things to know this morning…

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EVERY MORNING, brings you nine things to know with your first cup of coffee…

1. #AUNG SAN SUU KYI: Iconic democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi has left Ireland after addressing crowds in Dublin last night. Suu Kyi told the audience the event would be “one of the unforgettable days of my life.” You can listen to her brief speech in full here.

2. #LOBBYISTS: The Government plans to introduce new laws forcing all lobbyists to reveal every contact they have with TDs and senior civil servants, the Irish Times reports. The legislation comes in the wake of the Mahon Tribunal which called for tight new controls on lobbying representatives.

3. #MISSING: The parents of an Irish student missing in Poland since Saturday have made an emotional appeal for fans at Euro 2012 to help locate him. James Nolan, 21, was last seen in Bydgoszcz around 130km from Poznan.

4. #EMIGRATION: Far more young men than women have emigrated in the last five years, new figures show. The statistics emerge in new research from the ESRI which shows around one in ten men and one in 20 women emigrated between 2006 and 2011.

5. #BINS: A Sinn Féin representative has warned that waste dumping will become “a real problem” as many cannot afford to pay their bin charges. Paul Donnelly was speaking as it emerged Dublin City Council has removed 48 street bins because of household waste being dumped.

6. #TABLET: Microsoft has unveiled its own tablet computer in hopes that it will rival Apple’s iPad. The new Surface tablet has a cover that folds out to become a keyboard, a larger screen than the iPad, and will run the company’s Windows 8 operating system, the Wall Street Journal reports.

7. #STABBING: A man in his 20s has died after being stabbed in Blanchardstown, west Dublin in the early hours of this morning. A second man in his 20s has been arrested.

8. #RUGBY: Irish rugby fans have come under fire from authorities in New Zealand for their “intoxicated” behaviour during the weekend’s match against the All Blacks. The Press reports that Christchurch’s police chief said the Irish “demonstrated they can’t handle alcohol”.

9. #NON RUNNERS: Adidas has been forced to ditch plans for a controversial pair of trainers – which have been criticised for looking like the shackles worn by slaves. CNN reports that the shoes, which feature orange cuffs attached by a chain, were advertised with the slogan “Got a sneaker game so hot you lock your kicks to your ankles?”

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