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The 9 at 9: Tuesday

Good morning! Here are nine things you want to know as you start your day.

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EVERY MORNING,TheJournal.iebrings you the nine stories you need to know as you kick off your day.

1. #ECONOMY: The government is to publish an economic strategy today that will cover the next seven years. The document will give a framework for the State’s policy when it comes to economic and budgetary matters.

2. #PRISON: Some 58 prisoners who escaped from Irish prisons are still at large, according to figures released by Minister Alan Shatter. Over the last ten years, over 900 inmates have absconded from prisons.

3. #REPOSSESSIONS New figures from ratings agency Fitch have estimated that up to 52,000 people in Ireland could see some of their debt mortgage written off. However, it also said up to 27,000 homes may be repossessed next year.

4. #LIABILITIES: Dublin City Council will lose €2 billion in assets and be left with hundreds of millions in liabilities when its services are transferred to Irish Water, The Irish Times reports. City manager Own Keegan was warned that this will result in significant financial and operational risks to the council.

5. #DIANA: The London Metropolitan Police service has said they have finished examining new information about the death of Princess Diana in 1997 and concluded there is “no credible evidence” to support the theory she was murdered.

6. #PERU TWO: Michaella McCollum Connolly and Melissa Reid, who have pleaded guilty to drug smuggling in Peru, are due to be sentenced later today. It has been widely reported that the two women may still face up to 15 years in prison despite their confessions.

7. #CONSENT: Cabinet will discuss lowering the age of consent in Ireland to 16. Taoiseach Enda Kenny has, in the past, expressed reservations about it and The Irish Times is reporting possible conflict among ministers on the issue.

8. #NORTH KOREA: Today marks the second anniversary of the death of Kim Jong-Il with massed ranks of military and party leaders pledging complete loyalty to his son. The vows of obedience follow the shock execution last week of the leader’s uncle.

9. #GO-GETTERS: A pair of Donegal schoolboys who pitched their wooden pen making business on Dragons Den, have seen their website reach over one million page views since the start of the year. The two young entrepreneurs said that, while they can’t cash in the hits for euro, they’re “delighted” the site is so popular.

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