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The 9 at 9: Sunday

Nine things to know this morning…

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EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you need to know with your first cup of coffee…

1. #GREECE: Greek voters go to the polls today in an election that that could prove crucial to the fate of the eurozone, with widespread fears the country could be forced out of the single currency if it opts to ditch the EU bailout. The outgoing chief of the World Bank has told the Observer that a euro collapse could cause a global economic meltdown.

2. #BENEFITS:A junior minister has said that young people should not receive welfare payments unless they are on some kind of work scheme. Shane McEntee told the Sunday Times: “No young person should be handed money to do nothing.”

3. #COLLAPSE: A huge stage has collapsed before a Radiohead concert in Toronto, killing one person. The sold-out concert was called off after the accident.

4. #CHILD DEATHS: An independent review of the deaths of almost 200 children while  in State care has found serious failings in the system – including sensitive information about the children being written on the backs of envelopes, the Sunday Business Post reports.

5. #RTÉ: The State broadcaster is planning to cut all salaries of new recruits by 15 per cent in an attempt to tackle a projected €57million hole in its budget, the Sunday Business Post reports. The broadcaster also wants to reduce the number of uncertified sick days employees can take.

6. #BANKS: Minister Pat Rabbitte has said the EU’s imposition of sovereign debt on Ireland for rescuing our banks was unfair. Rabbitte told the Sunday Times that the Irish government “took a hit” to stop problems spreading to European banks.

7. #IEC 2012: Around 80,000 pilgrims are expected to head for Croke Park today for the final Mass of the International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin. The Pope’s representative, Cardinal Marc Ouellet, will speak at the event.

8. #NORRIS: Former presidential candidate David Norris is preparing to sue RTÉ, the Sunday Independent reports. The legal action is being taken against the broadcaster and journalist Helen Lucy Burke.

9. #HER MADGE: Details have emerged of Madonna’s rider on her latest world tour – and it’s not pretty. The Queen of Pop demands no fewer than 20 international phone lines in her dressing room, and wants it filled with roses – with their stems trimmed to exactly six inches each, according to In Touch.

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