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The 9 at 9: Monday

Good morning. Here are the nine stories you need to know as you start this Bank Holiday Monday.

Image: Julie Falk via Flickr/Creative Commons

EVERY MORNING,TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories you need to know as you kick off your day.

1.#STORM: Aer Lingus has been forced to cancel flights to Britain as Storm St Jude makes its way across England and Wales. Train services are also affected and passengers are being urged to check the status of their arrangements.

2.#DESPERATE: An unemployed father of two has told TheJournal.ie that he is so desperate for work he is considering joining the British Army. The 25-year-old said that there are “no opportunities” in Ireland and that a stint in Afghanistan may be his only option.

3.#WATER WATER NOWHERE: Six months after being served with boil water notices, residents in parts of Roscommon are still waiting for a solution to their problems with contaminated water. A resident told TheJournal.ie that buying water would cost them €600 this year.

4.#DIRECT PROVISION: The Government will not consider an alternative to the controversial Direct Provision system, because they don’t want to attract asylum seekers from the UK, The Irish Times is reporting.

5.#ROAD DEATH: A 19-year-old man has died after being struck by a car on the old N1, just north of Drogheda. Gardaí in Louth are appealing for information on the incident.

6.#HOSPITALS: The head of Beaumont Hospital has said that patients waiting in overcrowded A&E departments run the risk of contracting TB. Liam Duffy made the admission in a letter seen by the Irish Independent.

7.#SAVED: Two American tourist were rescued from Fair Head after being stranded for more than 12 hours. The two had gone for a walk and suffered cuts and bruises. [RTÉ]

8.#VIGILS: A year after the death of Savita Halappanavar, vigils will be held in Dublin, Cork and Galway in her honour today. The simultaneous vigils will take place at 6pm.

9. #MARATHON: Over 14,000 runners, walkers and joggers are expected to take to the streets of the capital today for the Dublin City Marathon. Whether it’s your first race or your 15th, our guide will help you reach the finish.

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