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The 9 at 9 It’s Wednesday – and here’s everything 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. #HOUSING CRISIS: The ESRI has said Dublin is facing a ‘significant housing shortage’ and 86% of the housing needed over the next ten years will be in Dublin, Louth, Meath, Kildare and Wicklow.

2. #WASHOUT: The emergency department at Letterkenny General Hospital has now reopened after being struck by flooding for the second time this year.

3. #GAZA: The ceasefire has held overnight and officials are due to meet for talks in Cairo to extend the truce and try to reach a lasting resolution.

4. #PROPERTY TAX: Revenue has contacted more than 100,000 people telling them their employers will deduct their unpaid property tax from their wages and in some places this has already begun, according to The Irish Times.

5.#AXE ATTACK: An Irish man has appeared in court suspected of attacking a lecturer in Portugal with a small axe, the Irish Daily Mail reports.

6. #CLOSE CALL: Former Justice Minister Alan Shatter was on an Aer Lingus plane yesterday when it narrowly avoided crashing into another on the runway in Dublin Airport, The Irish Sun reports.

7. #STABBING: Gardaí in Dublin are appealing for witnesses after a 19-year-old man was stabbed last night at the Dundrum Shopping Centre.

8. #SPACE: The European-built Rosetta spacecraft is due to rendezvous with a comet later today after chasing it for the last ten years.

9. #RATS ON A PLANE: Air India was forced to ground one of its planes after crew spotted rats scurrying around the cabin, AFP reports.

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