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The 9 at 9: Tuesday

It’s the start of your four-day week – and here’s everything you need to know as you start your day.
Aug 5th 2014, 8:21 AM 10,818 1

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

1. #GAZA: Israeli troops have pulled out of Gaza for a 72-hour ceasefire which began at 5am Irish time.

2. #HOMELESS CRISIS: The number of families being made homeless has risen, with 39 becoming homeless last month in Dublin alone.

3. TOO AMBITIOUS: Health Minister Leo Varadkar wrote in the Irish Independent that he’s going to delay the introduction of universal health insurance as well as the abolition of the HSE.

4. #UNSECURED: The HSE has said there is no evidence that staff were responsible for inputting inappropriate names on a publicly-available training system, though it has now had the website taken down.

5. #RULEBREAKERS: One in ten Irish motorists continue to break mobile phone laws with 53% texting or checking their phones while driving or at traffic lights.

6. #FRAUDSTERS: Joan Burton has told the Irish Examiner her department is going to start using some complex computer software to beat welfare fraud which will save €16 million a year.

7. #EBOLA: The World Bank has pledged $200 million in emergency funding to tackle the Ebola outbreak as the death toll passes 887, AFP reports.

8. #HIGH MAINTENANCE: The Irish Times reports it costs €846,000 a month for the upkeep of courts buildings which includes window-cleaning, security and maintenance.

9. #SPIES: A Canadian couple have been accused by Chinese authorities of stealing state secrets – something their son has said is “absurd”, BBC reports.

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