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The 9 at 9 It’s Tuesday – and here’s all that you need to know as you start your day.

EVERY MORNING brings you the nine stories you need to know a little before 9am.

1. #JUSTICE: Secretary general in the Justice Department, Brian Purcell, is to keep his €200,000 salary when he leaves his position, following a damning review of the department.

2. #GAZA: As the conflict rages on, 26 Palestinians and five Israeli soldiers were killed overnight. The Hamas Prime Minister’s office was also destroyed by an air strike.

3. #CONSUMERS: Ryanair, Aer Lingus and Greyhound were among the companies pursued by the National Consumer Agency last year and over 26,000 unsafe products were destroyed.

4. #BACK TO SCHOOL: Costs for sending children back to school with everything they need after the summer may be falling but they’re still ‘crippling too many families’.

5. #WAR ON DRUGS: Over 1,000 people turned up to an anti-drugs meeting in Roscrea yesterday evening as the town calls for stronger garda action to tackle the problem.

6. #DANGER: The DPP has asked for an order to prevent a convicted sex offender from contacting children online after a court heard he was claiming to work for One Direction on Twitter, the Irish Daily Mail reports.

7. #LOWRY: The prosecution in Michael Lowry’s case has sought to have his trial moved from Tipperary to Dublin, claiming juries may be biased because a lot of people there had voted for him, The Irish Times reports.

8. #PROTECTION: Cork City is to get new flood defences and the designs are open for the public to see. The implementation of new flood warning systems is one of the options on the table.

9. #LIGHTS CAMERA ACTION: Filming for the new Star Wars movie starts on Skellig Michael today and the small fishing village is buzzing, the Irish Independent reports.

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