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The 9 at 9: Wednesday

Nine things you need to know by 9am: The morning after pill goes on sale without prescription; a euthanasia activist holds a seminar in Dublin, as suicide campaigners say ‘emotional literacy’ should be on the school curriculum.
Feb 16th 2011, 8:23 AM 3,409 0

Every morning, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you really need to know with your morning coffee.

1. #GE11: The leaders of Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and the Labour party are taking part in a debate in the Irish language this morning, which will be broadcast on TG4 at 7pm tonight. Later, Enda Kenny will be announcing Fine Gael’s food policy; Labour will be announcing plans for the retail sector; while the Greens are publishing a policy on political reform; Sinn Féin is publishing a jobs plan for Dublin and the People Before Profit alliance announce their energy policy.

2. #MISSING: Gardaí are seeking assistance finding a 37 year old woman, Maria Greene, who has been missing from her home in Athlone since Sunday. Yesterday, missing woman Caitriona Horan turned herself into Pearse St garda station and said she didn’t realise anyone had been looking for her until she checked her email at an internet cafe.

3. #FREAK ACCIDENT: An inquest has heard that a 70-year-old cyclist died two weeks after he was struck by a car being driven by his son in what the coroner described as a “particularly tragic and freak accident”, the Irish Times reports. Cycling shoes that clip to the pedals were a factor in the collision, the inquest heard.

4. #MORNING AFTER PILL: The morning after pill can be sold over the counter in all pharmacies from today, after the Irish Medicines Board approved one of two brands. The pill will cost just €9.99, the Examiner reports. Boots has been supplying the drug without prescription since January, but the IMB had told it that it was breaking the law, the Irish Times adds.

5. #EMOTIONAL LITERACY: Schools should be teaching emotional literacy as part of the school curriculum in order to prevent suicide, the child and adolescent psychiatrist Fiona McNicholls has said.

6. #EUTHANASIA: Dr Philip Nitschke, a controversial doctor who trains elderly people in how to take their own lives, arrives in Ireland today for a seminar, the Irish Daily Mail reports. He will take part in a debate at UCD tonight, Irish Central adds.

7. #TRIAL: The convicted murderer, dentist Colin Howell, insisted while giving evidence at the trial of his former lover, Hazel Stewart, for the murder of their spouses yesterday, that he did not control her. “Hazel and I were waltzing together in time,” he said, the Irish News reports.

8. #BAHRAIN: Protesters camped out overnight in the Bahraini capital, Manama, after two days of clashes with police in which two people died, and said they will stage a sit-in on the main square until their demands for political reform are met, the BBC reports.

9. #SIBLINGS: The Irish Independent reports that writer Joe O’Connor has written a moving tribute to his sister Sinead in the sleeve notes for her new album, writing “the pride i feel? there ain’t the words. consolation? meaning? she got it in spades”.

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