The 9 at 9 Saturday

first_imgEvery morning brings you the nine stories you need to know a little before 9am.1.#ADMISSIONS: The HSE has doubled the number of admissions officers for mental health patients. However, the number of admissions has decreased.2.#CORK: Two men arrested in connection with a pair of alleged sexual assaults in Cork have been released without charge.3.#FUNERALS: The funerals of Gerry Conlon, wrongly accused of an IRA bombing in London, and 13-year-old Ricky Osagie, who drowned after jumping in to a pond to save another teenager, will both take place today.4.#BRAY: A 21-year-old man accused of the killing of a woman in Bray remains in Garda custody this morning. A number of papers this morning report that the man is the son of the woman.5.#UKRAINE: The new leader of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has extended the country’s tenuous truce with pro-Russian rebels. The news comes a day after Ukraine moved closer to the EU.6.#WATER: The government is to cut the free water allowance for children, the Irish Independent reports. The allowance was set to be 104 litres, but the paper reports that it may now be less.7.#RIP: Soul legend Bobby Womack, who had hits with Across 110th Street and Woman’s Gotta Have It, has died aged 70. He influenced stars from Marvin Gaye to Damon Albarn.8.#PRIDE: Today marks the Dublin Pride March, a celebration of the LGBTQ community in the capital. Over 40,000 people are expected to march from the Garden of Remembrance to Merrion Square this afternoon.9.#MY LOVELY HORSE: Ireland’s desperation to win the Eurovision Song Contest was taken to the Oireachtas this week. A petition to get the Father Ted song My Lovely Horse entered into the competition was considered this week, but not for long.last_img read more