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The 9 at 9 Good morning! Here are nine things you need to know as you start your day.

EVERY MORNING, brings you nine things you need to know with your morning cup of coffee.

1. #IRISH WATER: The CEO of Irish Water, John Tierney, who appeared before the joint Oireachtas Environment Committee yesterday, will be back in Leinster House this evening to answer more questions on Irish Water’s finances.

2. #MISSING: Minister Brendan Howlin has said there are “good efforts under way right now” to find documents related to the bank guarantee that have been lost by the Department of Finance.

3. #MURDER: A jury has been told that Daniel McDonnell, who went on trial yesterday for the murder of Melanie McCarthy, wrote graffiti on his cell wall bragging about the killing, reports The Herald.

4. #ARREST: Two teenagers have been arrested in Dublin in relation to an aggravated burglary which took place in the early hours of this morning.

5. #SPIRE: Dublin City Council is considering renaming Dublin’s Millenium Spire after the late Nelson Mandela.

6. #HAASS: The leaders of the five main Northern Ireland parties held talks yesterday to discuss the fallout from Haass and have agreed to have talks next week.

7. #BUS ROUTES: Unions will be in Leinster House today to discuss the opening up of 10 per cent of bus routes to private operators.

8.#PYLONS: An Irish MEP has stated that the construction of pylons in the Irish countryside is the “rape” of rural Ireland.

9. #RIP: The Chairman of the North Wexford Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has said bereaved pet owners should be entitled to compassionate leave.

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