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The 9 at 9: Tuesday

Concerns about new homeless accomodation, US government shutdown lifted, and Neil Diamond retires from touring – here’s this morning’s news.

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EVERY MORNING, brings you the stories you need to know as you start your day.

1. #HOMELESS: Dublin councillors have expressed reservations ahead of the opening of homeless accommodation for families which will be run by a private company.

2. #LIMERICK: Cranberries lead singer Dolores O’Riordan will be laid to rest today.

3. #OPEN THE SHUTTERS: US workers return to work today after Congress ended a three-day shutdown, with President Donald Trump claiming victory.

4. #DISCLOSURES: Nóirín O’Sullivan will appear before the Disclosures Tribunal again today. Here’s what she told Judge Charleton yesterday.

5. #LONDON: A gas leak in London’s West End caused the evacuation of 1,450 people from a nearby hotel and nightclub at 2am today.

6. #HOUSING: A government scheme that will supply first-time buyers will have a “modest” impact on house prices, but has been dubbed “subprime lending” by others.

7. #RETIREMENT: Neil Diamond has announced he will immediately retire from touring, after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

8. #GREEN LIGHT: Online giant Amazon has secured planning permission for the first phase of ‘Project G’ – a €1 billion data centre in north Dublin.

9. #JAPAN: A soldier has been killed after a volcano erupted near a popular Japanese ski resort, sparking an avalanche that left several injured and scores stranded.

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