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The 9 at 9: Monday

Good morning! Here are the nine stories you need to know this morning as the week begins.

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EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories you need to know with your morning coffee.

1. #BUGGING: Justice Minister Alan Shatter has ordered a report into allegations that the headquarters of the Garda Ombudsman was bugged. The Taoiseach is expected to ask Minister Shatter to brief the Cabinet about the revelations and explain why the Government was not informed.

2. #CORK: A search and rescue operation is under way in west Cork this morning for two Dutch men in their thirties who have been missing since Saturday afternoon. The two were reported missing after they failed to return from a walk on the Sheep’s Head Peninsula.

3. #MURDER: A man in his 30s is due in court this morning in connection with the death of 62-year-old Cathal Sweeney who died following a row at his apartment in Terenure on Saturday afternoon.

4. #FLOODS: President Michael D Higgins is to visit people in Limerick who were affected by the recent flooding which caused severe damage to parts of the city, RTE reports. The Cabinet is set to discuss allocating more money to the worst affected homes and businesses.

5. #PROPERTY: Rent prices in Dublin are continuing to increase far more than in the rest of the country with a new report finding the average rent in Dublin is now €1,210 per month compared to €865 for the rest of Ireland.

6. #MIGRANTS: The European Union has warned it will review its ties with Switzerland after the country voted to restrict EU immigration in a closely-fought referendum which won with 50.3 per cent of the vote.

7. #RAPID RESPONSE: The practice of sending a lone paramedic to incidents has been criticised following the release of new figures which show almost 3,500 responders had to attend incidents on their own in a six month period.

8. #DEATH THREATS: Staff at social welfare offices have  faced death threats, knife attacks, physical assaults and verbal abuse according to a report in the Irish Examiner, which found one employee in Leitrim was sent a bullet in the post.

9. #BOXING CLEVER: Fine Gael is expected to unveil Olympic silver medallist Kenny Egan as a candidate for May’s local elections today. The party is holding a press event at a hotel in Dublin West this afternoon. No doubt the party is hoping he won’t turn out to be a political lightweight…

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