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The 9 at 9: Monday

Good morning! Here are nine things you want to know as you start 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. #ESB A new row is said to have broken out between unions and the ESB over terms of the settlement to avert threatened strike action. The ESB has said that the deal will not add any liabilities to their balance sheet – but unions disagree.

2. #SHOOTINGS Gardaí are investigating separate shootings that took place in Dublin and Offaly last night. In Tullamore, a man returning home with his child was shot, as was a woman in her 20s; in Dublin two men were walking in Coolock when one was shot in the leg.

3. #WHITE COLLAR CRIME At least 10 solicitors are being investigated by the garda fraud bureau under anti-money laundering laws, the Irish Independent reports. It says that a fresh wave of prosecutions is expected thanks to new laws.

4. # THAILAND The prime minister of Thailand has called a snap election to try and defuse the kingdom’s political crisis. But the leaders of the anti-government movement said that they were not satisfied with new elections.

5. #HSE The HSE is to ask the Government for an additional €199 million in funding for this year, the Irish Times reports. It says that an overall net deficit of €219m is to be recorded by the health authority for this year.

6. #REVIEW A Civil Service performance review has been deemed a failure – after the majority of civil servants assessed passed, the Irish Times reports. The performance of less than 1 per cent of those assessed was described as ‘unacceptable’ or ‘needing improvement’.

7. #SOPHIE Concern has been expressed by the solicitor of Ian Bailey after garda documents from the Sophie Toscan du Plantier murder investigation are said to have gone missing. Bailey is seeking a number of documents in his civil action against the State.

8. #NARCOLEPSY Children and adults suing the State over narcolepsy contracted after getting a swine flu vaccination are no longer to receive HSE medical expenses, says RTÉ. However the HSE said its Director General was not aware of the letter sent to these people.

9. #SYMPHYSIOTOMY Survivors of Symphysiotomy have said they are ‘appalled’ at the Government’s decision to oppose its cross-party private members’ bill. SOS is to take its case to the UN Committee Against Torture next year, the Irish Examiner reports.

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