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The 9 at 9 Nine things you need to know by 9am: Viable explosives sent to Neil Lennon, a Chinese man watches helpless as his girlfriend is murdered 11,000 miles away, and Cardinal Brady is off to the royal wedding.

Every morning, brings you nine things you really need to know with your first coffee of the day.

1. #MCCARTHY: Colm McCarthy’s report on state companies is out later today. It’s unlikely to recommend a firesale, but is expected to make recommendations on how companies like the ESB are operated and financed.

2. #BANK CHIEFS: The State will have to pay out millions if it wants a clearout from the top levels of financial institutions, amidst warnings that Colm Doherty’s €3 million deal may just be the tip of the iceberg, the Independent reports this morning. But it’s not all bad news: top bankers could be forced to give evidence at a televised public inquiry if a referendum giving Oireachtas committees more powers of enquiry goes ahead, the Examiner reveals.

3. #NEIL LENNON: A “viable” explosive device has been sent to Celtic Manager Neil Lennon and two of the club’s supporters, the BBC reports. Lennon has been the target of menacing packages in recent weeks, including live bullets, the Independent adds.

4. #NIGERIA: At least 50 people have died in post-election rioting in the north of the country, where charred human remains lie in the streets, Reuters reports. Hundreds of people have been injured and thousands displaced.

5. #ASSAULT: Gardaí have launched an investigation to find the two men who allegedly sexually assaulted a young female in broad daylight in Wicklow town last Saturday. Wicklow garda station is appealing for information.

6. #SCUBA ACCIDENT: The Irish woman who died in a scuba diving accident in Australia has been named in reports as 23-year-old Elaine Morrow, a Donegal science graduate.

7. #AWKWARD: A former secretary to the Employment Appeals Tribunal is claiming she was unfairly dismissed…in a case she’s taken to the Employment Appeals Tribunal, the Irish Times reports.

8. #TRAGIC: A Chinese woman studying in Toronto was murdered in her bedroom – as her boyfriend watched on his webcam, helpless, from 11,000 miles away, the Telegraph reports.

9. #CARDINAL: Cardinal Sean Brady has been invited to attend the royal wedding after an “unprecedented” invitation, the Irish Times reveals. And that’s good news for – we may just have landed our own royal correspondent. Sort of.