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The 9 at 9: Tuesday

Nine things you need to know this morning…

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EVERT DAY TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you should know with your morning cup of coffee.

1. #MASS SHOOTING: The gunman who died after killing 12 people at a naval installation in Washington DC was a former Navy serviceman, according to authorities in the US. Aaron Alexis died in a gun battle with police after the shooting rampage in which eight others were injured.

2. #THINKING: The three main political parties begin day-two of their annual parliamentary party think-ins today. It comes as Taoiseach Enda Kenny indicated last night that the next election will take place in March 2016.

3. #ROADS: A motorcyclist has died after a road crash in Westmeath yesterday evening. Meanwhile in Clare, a young man has died after his car hit a wall in the early hours of this morning.

4. #DIRECT PROVISION: The High Court will this morning hear the initial phase of a challenge of the system of direct provision for asylum seekers who come to Ireland. A family of six says the system is unconstitutional.

5. #COSTA CONCORDIA: Engineers have pulled off a memorable and incredible feat off the Tuscan coast overnight bringing the stricken cruise liner, the Costa Concordia, upright following a 19-hour operation. See the amazing pictures here.

6. #NORTHERN IRELAND: The US diplomat Richard Haas is in Belfast today to chair inter-party talks in attempt to resolve various disputes between nationalists and unionists. He expects to conclude talks on parades, flags and the past by the end of the year.

7. #PRISON OFFICER: A prison officer who fought cancer was awarded €80,000 by an Equality Tribunal after being denied a chance to interview for a promotion. One of the man’s superiors is said to have told the complainant he was “no spring chicken”.

8. #SOUTHEAST: The southeast of the country should have a regional IDA office, investment in its airport, and be made a world leader in food, according to an Oireachtas committee report published yesterday.

9. #GRAND THEFT OOPS: Amazon was left red-faced yesterday after some of its customers who pre-ordered the eagerly anticipated Grand Theft Auto 5 got their copy early, breaking a strict embargo imposed by the video’s game’s maker, BBC News reports. GTA5, launching today, will make over €1 billion in sales over its lifetime.

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