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Nine things you need to know by 9am: Gardai can’t get their hands on passwords to access Anglo-Irish Bank documents;accounting firm probe emails which ‘rated’ female employees on looks; a college dropout has won the world’s biggest prize in poker.

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

1. #BAILOUT: Finance Minister Brian Lenihan told BBC’s Newsnight that Ireland will not have to resort to being bailed out by the European Union.

2. #ANGLO: Former executives at Anglo-Irish Bank have not handed over scores of passwords needed by gardai to access documents in their investigation into the bank’s activities.

3. #HOT MAIL: A probe has been launched by PriceWaterhouseCoopers accountancy firm after it was discovered that emails were being circulated which rated the looks of young female employees, says the Irish Independent.

4. #NURSING HOMES: Health Minister Mary Harney rejects the criticism of Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly’s report into nursing homes. The report concluded that successive Governments had failed to meet their legal obligations to provide satisfactory nursing home care for the elderly.

5. #HERITAGE: A Limerick councillor has criticised the “glass and metal, box-like structure” stitched to the front of the 13th century St John’s Castle in Limerick, claiming it was putting tourists off, the Examiner reports.

6. #LANDLORDS: Those landlords who illegally hold on to tenants’ deposits will face fines under a new Bill to be brought before the Government.

7. #POKER FACE: A 23-year-old college dropout has won the biggest poker prize in the world. Jonathan Duhamel said he repeatedly played the Dropkick Murphys’ I’m Shipping Up To Boston to get “ready to go to war” before the Las Vegas contest.

8. #MORTGAGES: Mortgages are preoccupying minds all over the country as one-third of all Irish Nationwide mortgages are in arrears, according to the Irish Independent; the ICS building society announces strict new criteria for granting mortgages; and lenders in general are rejecting 80 per cent of mortgage applications.

9. #ITALY: Silvio Berlusconi has been in hot water over his affection for young ladies before but opposition politicians are making their strongest calls ever for the resignation of the Italian prime minister. It has been confirmed he made a call to police to try and have a dancer called ‘Ruby Heart Stealer’ freed after she was arrested for alleged theft.

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Jennifer O'Connell

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