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Nine things you need to know by 9am: Sony admits Playstation users’ details hacked; German anger after seven Irish Travellers arrested in Cologne after a “drunken rampage”; and Mrs Brown’s Boys is up for a BAFTA.

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

1. #ARSON: A young man who had been questioned by gardaí in connection with an arson attack in which Helena O’Dwyer and her five-year-old nephew Ryan died at Mahon in Cork last weekend has gone into hiding, after an angry crowd gathered at the house where he was staying on Monday. Helena’s father said last night she had previously received a text message warning her she would be shot, the Irish Daily Star reports.

2. #NAMA: The Royal Hibernian Academy has hit out at NAMA for failing to preserve some of the historical buildings under its care. These include the former Hume Street Hospital. NAMA denies it has any responsibility for the upkeep of the buildings, the Irish Times reports.

3. #VIOLINS: Tourism Minister Leo Varadkar has told the Irish Independent how being in Cabinet has ruined his social life. “It’s totally dead. It’s awful actually. It’s really awful…pubs, nightclubs are desperate”.

4. #PLAYSTATION: 77 million Playstation users have been warned that hackers may have got hold of their details- including their credit card number and expiry date, the Wall Street Journal reports.

5. #SIDS: A team at UCC has developed a tiny microchip that could prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, as well as detecting driver fatigue, the Irish Independent reports.

6. #SEAN QUINN: The Quinn family has accused the administrators appointed to Quinn Insurance of damaging the company, several newspapers reports.

7. #TRAVELLERS: A group of Irish Travellers have been accused of going on a drunken rampage in Germany. Seven of whom were referred to in the populist newspaper Bild as “Irish nomads” and “tinkers”  have been arrested in Cologne after a weekend fair. Bild reported that 400 “so-called tinkers” – “whose women looked like they were in a musical troupe” –  pitched up at the city in 160 caravans and “luxury cars”. The newspaper recounts that the “crazy Irish people” were “drinking, beating” their way through the city, and leaving restaurants without paying for their food, snorting drugs in full view of patrons of an Irish pub – and leaving “dirty nappies behind them on tables”.

8. #SHOCKER!: Brendan O’Carroll’s Mrs Brown’s Boys is up for a BAFTA, RTE reports. Brendan O’Carroll told the Irish Times he was “gobsmacked”.

9. #CASHING IN: The parents of Kate Middleton have been accused of cashing in on their daughter’s wedding, as their website promoted a special “Street Party Kit” yesterday for people who want to celebrate, er, “the arrival of Spring” – yes, they know it’s already late April. The page was taken down by this morning – but not before we got a screengrab from Google’s cache.

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