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The 9 at 9: Thursday

Nine things you need to know by 9am: Taoiseach offers finder’s fee for job creation; Obama’s Croke Park gig is called off; Duck! A Potentially Hazardous Object heads for earth…sort of.

Every morning, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you really need to know with your bowl of porridge.

1. #FINDERS FEE: Enda Kenny is to offer a finder’s fee of €3,000 for every job created in Ireland. The Taoiseach announced the scheme – which is aimed at encouraging the diaspora to get involved in job creation – in New York, where he’s been promoting Ireland as a place to do business… and reiterating that the corporation tax rate is not up for negotiation.

2. #OBAMA VISIT: The US President Barack Obama will not spend longer than 24 hours in Ireland on his May 23 visit – and will not address crowds in Croke Park, Niall O’Dowd of the Irish Voice and Irish Central has said. However, Obama is planning to make an outdoor speech, possibly at Dublin’s College Green.

3. #HOUSE PRICES: House prices have hit rock bottom, according to credit ratings agency Standard and Poors, which says property prices “have completed their correction”. That’s the good news. The bad news is that it doesn’t expect prices to start climbing again any time soon – well for two years at any rate, the Financial Times reports.

4. #TV ROW: A scriptwriter who claims he came up with the original idea for Celebrity Bainisteoir has taken his row with RTÉ to the High Court. Patrick Kinsella claims he presented an idea for a show called ‘Top Coach’ to RTÉ in August 2007 and was told it was a “non-runner” – three months before the first Celebrity Bainisteoir was broadcast. RTÉ claims Kinsella was told at the meeting that the idea was already in production, the Irish Daily Star reports.

5. #ARREARS: Bord Gáis is to introduce plans to help consumers in arrears on their gas bills. The plans involve encouraging people to switch to prepaid meters. The news comes following reports that the number of customers in arrears has trebled.

6. #COURTS: RTÉ journalist Fergal Keane has told a court how he was in fear of his life, and for the safety of his children, when he apprehended a burglar outside his family home in 2007 – and his car was pelted with rocks, while his terrified children were inside.

7. #9/11: Victims of the September 11 attacks will be remembered in a ceremony at Ground Zero later today. Meanwhile, Obama insists he will not release “trophy” photos of a dead bin Laden, the BBC adds.

8. #ANGLO PROBE: David Drumm is one of three former Anglo executives who is refusing to co-operate with garda investigations, reports today suggest. Yesterday Justice Peter Kelly expressed frustration that the investigation into wrongdoing at Anglo was taking so long.

9. #DUCK!: A giant asteroid weighing 55 million tonnes and measuring a quarter of a mile in width will narrowly miss the earth later this year, NASA scientists have said. By “narrowly”, they mean by a margin of just 201,000 miles. Unabashed, NASA calls the asteroid a Potentially Hazardous Object, the Telegraph reports.

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