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The 9 at 9: Wednesday

Nine things you need to know by 9am: Expert disputes Ryanair’s claims that it sent a plane through the ashcloud; the joy the Irish man who died on Everest never got to share; and Brian O’Driscoll snapped with his trophy wife.

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

1. #ASHCLOUD: No disruption for flights out of Ireland is expected for next 24 hours as Aer Lingus and Ryanair say they’ll operate a full schedule. However, there could be disruption to flights in and out of Ireland later in the week, as other European airports are affected, travellers are being warned. Today Bremen and Hamburg airports in Germany are closed, though the UK airspace has reopened. Meanwhile, the eruption at Grimsvotn is petering out and the volcano’s ‘death cert’ could be issued by the weekend.

2. #RYANAIR: Irish aviation expert David Learmount has disputed on RTE’s Morning Ireland programme claims by Ryanair that a test plane sent into Scottish airspace flew through volcanic ash yesterday, and no damage was done.

3. #TRAGIC: The wife of the only Irishman to die on Everest, John Delaney – who died within 50 metres of the summit of the mountain on Saturday – has said she hadn’t told him he was the father to a little girl, who was born just three days before his death. She wanted it to be a surprise. The little girl is to be called Hope. Meanwhile, it’s reported that his body will never be recovered from the summit.

4. #IMF: The French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde likely to announce her candidacy for the presidency of the IMF. But developing countries have expressed concern over the selection process.

5. #OBAMA: The Obamas tour of Europe is continuing in Britain for an official state visit – Afghanistan and Libya are expected to feature strongly on the agenda in discussions with British Prime Minister David Cameron. Meanwhile, poor Michelle Obama was left battling with the wind again as it played havoc with her hair – and her dress ….

6. #SPOTTED: Seventeen lost pyramids are among the buildings identified in a new satellite survey of Egypt. More than 1,000 tombs and 3,000 ancient settlements were also revealed by looking at infra-red images which show up underground buildings, the BBC reports.

7. #MURDER CASE: A prenuptial agreement drove a British Airways pilot to kill his German heiress wife, her family have claimed. Joanna Brown’s mother said the landmark court ruling on her prenup drove her husband to kill her because he realised he would get less money from their acrimonious three year divorce battled. Robert Brown was jailed for 26 years in a British court yesterday for the manslaughter of his wife, the Telegraph reports.

8. #GIGGS: Cars belonging to journalists and photographers which were camped outside the home of footballer Ryan Giggs have been vandalised by a gang of masked men, who slashed tyres and damaged bodywork, throwing eggs and flour at the vehicles.

9. #BOD’S BOD: Leinster rugby legend Brian O’Driscoll has shown off his bod while he snuggled up with his “trophy wife” the night he met the Obamas. He admitted to suffering “the absolute humiliation of having a farmers tan!”, but wasn’t so humiliated it stopped him from tweeting this:

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