The 9 at 9 Nine things to know this morning…

EVERY MORNING, brings you nine things you need to know with your first cup of coffee…

1. #CHILD DEATHS: A report on into the deaths of almost 200 children  in State care will be published this afternoon, and is expected to find that a number of the deaths were preventable. Senator Jillian van Turnhout yesterday told that the report points to “systemic failure” in the HSE.

2. #FINDJAMES: The search for missing soccer fan 21-year-old James Nolan is continuing in Poland this morning. Fans here have mobilised on social media to raise awareness, and the Irish Times reports that Nolan’s family are due to fly to Poland today to join the effort.

3. #SINN FÉIN: Prominent Sinn Féin TDs Pearse Doherty and Padraig Mac Lochlainn are breaking Oireachtas rules by using money claimed for travel expenses to pay party workers, the Irish Independent reports. However, the party has insisted this diverting of funds is “non-existent”.

4. #AIR WARS: Aer Lingus has today urged its shareholders to take no action after Ryanair made a surprise offer to buy the former State airline for €694million in cash. The Government is now set to consider the move.

5. #GEE THANKS: Respected economist Paul Krugman has warned of the awful consequences if the US elects Republican Mitt Romney – by saying the country could end up like Ireland. “Ireland is the future if Romney is president,” Krugman said according to Politico.

6. #EUROZONE: Germany is poised to make a U-turn and allow the eurozone’s €750billion EFSF bailout fund to buy debt directly from troubled countries, according to the Guardian. The move would mean relief for Spain, which yesterday came under new pressure to raise money.

7. #DRUGS: Drug use in Ireland peaked at the height of the boom in 2006-7 and has been falling ever since, according to a new study reported in the Irish Times. Ecstasy use alone has more than halved since 2008.

8. #ASSANGE: Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has sought political asylum in the Ecuadorean embassy in London, the BBC reports, amid an ongoing bid to avoid extradition to Sweden over alleged sexual assaults.

9. #FREE MONEY: It’s the dream, isn’t it? A Detroit man found that an ATM error allowed him to withdraw unlimited cash from his empty back account – and took out more than $1.5million over just three weeks. Sadly Ronald Page now faces jail for the theft of the money, ABC News reports.

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