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The 9 at 9: Monday

The nine stories you need to know before your morning coffee…

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

1. #BENEFITS: A new report has found that most families dependent on Jobseeker’s Benefit do not have enough money to cover a basic standard of living. The report which was funded by the Department of Social Protection said that poverty and social exclusion will continue in Ireland because social welfare payments are not linked to what is needed for a basic standard of living.

2. #GREECE: Greece’s political leaders are meeting today to discuss the austerity measures being demanded by some of the country’s creditors in return for more bailout funds for the country. The leaders are trying to agree a deal to stave off bankruptcy and a default as early as next month.

3. #TIT BONHOMME: The search for two fishermen still missing off the coast of west Cork is set to be scaled back from today, three weeks after the Tit Bonhomme trawler sank. Skipper Michael Hayes and crew member Saied Ali Eldin remain unaccounted for after the fishing trawler sank on 15 January, claiming the lives of five men.

4. #JOBS: 300 highly-skilled jobs are to be created at the Innovation and Technology Transfer Centre at University College Dublin over the next two years, the university has announced this morning. The jobs will more than double the number of people currently employed throughout the 37 companies based at the centre.

5. #POPE: The Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has ruled out a visit by the Pope to Ireland, saying that the church is “not ready”. Dr Martin told the Irish Independent that there were still “many steps to be taken” before a papal visit.

6. #CLAIMS: Cancer accounted for more than four in ten deaths covered by life assurance, according to figures released by an insurer today. Accidents accounted for more than one in ten of all claims while alcohol was a factor in one in seven of all accident-related death claims last year.

#7. MEDIA: More than half of Irish journalists do not believe there is enough diversity in the media, a new survey has found. One in five of journalists surveyed said that the owners of their organisation have an influence on their work while almost two-thirds said that the sector needed stronger regulation.

8. #SYRIA: Hillary Clinton has said the decision by Russia and China to veto a resolution backing a peace plan for Syria is a “travesty”. Her comments came amid reports that at least 12 people have been killed in the Syrian city of Homs today after a weekend of heavy violence in the country.

9. #SUPERBOWL: It had Madonna, bucketloads of advertisements, and MIA apparently cursing on live television, but last night’s Superbowl eventually went to New York Giants. The team beat the New England Patriots by 21-17 in a game that has been described as a “classic” final.

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