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The 9 at 9: Wednesday

It’s halfway through the week… here are all the big stories you need to know as you start your day.

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EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the stories you need to know as you wake up.

1. #BERKELEY: Tributes are being paid to those killed in in tragic balcony collapse. A book of condolences is available to be signed in Dublin this week. 

2. #RAPE CRISIS CENTRE: There was a 30% increase in first-time callers to the national rape helpline in 2014. 

3. #CLERYS: A former Clerys worker has described the shock of losing his job on Monday having worked at the store for the past 43 years. 

4. #EUROMILLIONS: A man from Co Mayo has described how his first move after winning more than €300,000 was heading to Starbucks. 

5. #FIFTY SHADES: The most recent book in the series is set to be released this week. Bookshops have already been feeling the demand. 

6. #KILDARE: Children in the county have been donating their Communion money to try and keep their local pool open. 

7. #DRUGS: A woman in the United States has called the police to report a drug deal that she was herself involved in. 

8. #SYRIA: An airstrike in the region has killed at least 16 people including 13 children, according to the BBC.

9. #SAVED: An overnight operation has seen two people saved from a mountain in Galway. 

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