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Nine things you need to know by 9am: Garda Ombudsman to investigate circumstances of man’s suspected suicide in Kerry after negotiations with gardaí; Galway West count finishes 73 hours after it begun, and the future of Slane is under threat.

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

1.#TRAGEDY: TheJournal.ie has learned that the Garda Ombudsman is to investigate the circumstances surrounding the presumed death of a man who is believed to have jumped into the sea at Ballybunion, hours after his girlfriend was found dead at home, while their 2-year-old son played nearby. It’s reported in several newspapers that gardaí had located the man in Ballybunion yesterday, and talks had been underway prior to his death.

2. #GALWAY WEST: After an epic 73-hour count, the results from the recount of the recount are finally in in Galway West. Shortly after 8am this morning, returning officer Marian Chambers Higgins confirmed that a second recount had not seen independent councillor Catherine Connolly close her 17-vote deficit behind Fine Gael’s Seán Kyne.

3. #GE11: Details of the talks betwen Fine Gael and Labour are being kept a closely-guarded secret. However both parties have insisted that ‘coalition is not the only option’, as Eamon Gilmore comes under pressure from his own party to walk away rather than cut a sell-out deal.

4. #DEPT OF FINANCE: Department officials repeatedly warned Bertie Ahern’s government about the dangers of its budgetary policy during the boom years – but were ignored, the Wright report published yesterday revealed.

5. #SLANE: Alex Conyngham, the son of Henry Mountcharles has claimed at an oral hearing into the N2 bypass that concerts at Slane will be seriously threatened if a bypass to the village goes ahead, the Irish Examiner reports.

6. #LIBYA: The US Senate has condemned the gross and systematic violations of human rights in Libya and demanded that Gaddafi go immediately. Meanwhile, the UN is urging a mass evacuation from Libya, the BBC reports.

7. #DEFAULT: The prospect of burning senior bondholders in Anglo and Irish Nationwide is “not in the cards or on the agenda concerning Ireland” Olli Rehn warned yesterday, the Irish Examiner reports. Meanwhile, Patrick Honohan also insisted that “movement” on the interest rate being paid by Ireland may be possible, but agrees that defaulting is not an option. In an interview with RTE TV, he also admitted that if the government had known how bad Anglo’s losses would be, the bank would not have been guaranteed.

8. #SHOPPING LIST: The details of German and French demands in exchange for extending the EU bailout fund have been revealed in a leaked document written by Jose Manuel Barroso ahead of next week’s meeting in Helsinki, the Irish Independent reports. The ‘shopping list’ includes a limit to national borrowing and demands for a common corporate tax base, and a constitutional amendment limiting the amount that can be borrowed in the future.

9. #GOOGLE TRIKES: How did Google manage to visit the places its cars couldn’t reach – like the inside of museums and tourist hotspots? On trikes. Google has revealed its new secret weapon in the war to record all of the world’s data – the humble three-wheeler

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