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The 9 at 9: Sunday

Welcome to Sunday! Here’s everything you need to know as you kick off your day…

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EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories you need to know as you kick off your day.

1. KIDNAPPED: The wife of a British taxi driver kidnapped by Islamic State has asked for his captors to contact her. Alan Henning had been in Syria on an aid mission when he was captured.

2. #ABORTION: A new Sunday Independent/ Millward Brown poll has shown majority support for a referendum on the controversial 8th amendment in the Constitution.

3. #GREYHOUND: The long-running dispute at Greyhound recycling may be coming to an end with RTE reporting that workers and bosses are close to reaching a deal to end the industrial action.

4. #CROKE PARK: Tens of thousands of fans are set to descend on Croke Park today for the All-Ireland football final between Donegal and Kerry to see who will reign supreme and bring home the Sam Maguire Cup. One committed Donegal fan has made the journey all the way back from Australia for the game.

5. #GERRY ADAMS: The Sinn Féin leader is off to New York tomorrow but promises he will be flying economy class after a recent controversy over a business class trip by deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald to Australia.

6. #JONNY COOPER: Dublin footballer Jonny Cooper has expressed his gratitude for the outpouring of support after he was stabbed in an incident yesterday morning. The 24-year-old was released from the Mater hospital after sustaining wounds to the neck and face.

7. #CLIMATE CHANGE: Protests are set to take place around the world today ahead of the UN’s climate summit next week. Over 2,000 marches are set to take place internationally, reports the BBC. 

8. #TURKEY: Thousands of those fleeing militant group Isis in Syria have been taken in by Turkey. The country has also had 46 of its own hostages freed in circumstances described by The Guardian as ‘mysterious’.

9. #LOVE UNLOCKED: Authorities in Paris have taken action to remove ‘love locks’ attached to the city’s bridges including the Pont des Arts, reports The New York Times. A problem not unfamiliar to Dublin City Council, which has persistently removed locks attached to the Ha’Penny Bridge. 

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