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The 9 at 9: Tuesday

Good morning. Here are the nine stories you need to know this morning.

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EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories you need to know as you start your day.

1. #REHAB: There has been strong criticism of Rehab Group CEO Angela Kerins following the revelation that she is paid more than €240,000. One Labour TD has said it is “shocking” that Kerins earns more than the Taoiseach or US president Barack Obama.

2. #COURT: A man in his 30s will appear in court in Dublin this morning charged in connection with the murder of 31-year-old mother-of-one Sonia Blount, who was found dead in a hotel room in Tallaght on Sunday afternoon.

3. #GUILTY: A GP has been found guilty of two counts of professional misconduct after the death of 24-year-old Vicki Core from cardiac arrest linked to pneumonia less than 24 hours after she was misdiagnosed with gastric flu, the Irish Independent reports.

4. #STILL OFFLINE: Some 8,000 homes and businesses are still without electricity almost one week after the severe storm which hit most parts of the country. Additional crews from the UK will arrive today to help reconnect the worst-affected areas.

5. #COURTS: A developer who raped a woman he had asked to clean his house has been sentenced to four years in jail after a judge said that he could not ‘buy himself out’ of a custodial sentence, the Irish Daily Mail reports.  Thomas Egan of Kilmihil in Clare paid more than €10,000 in court to be given to his victim, who has since returned to her home in Brazil.

6. #MAKING A MOVE?: Independent TD Shane Ross has emailed a handful of close supporters to sound out whether the time is right to set up a new political movement. In the email, the independent TD said there was a critical need to end the “stranglehold over Irish politics”.

7. #DISCRIMINATION: A Gaelscoil has been ordered to pay €750 to a schoolboy after it was found that he had been discriminated against on religious grounds.

8. #SUING: Lawyers for David Norris have accused a journalist of trying to dredge up material on him. The Senator and former presidential candidate is suing RTE and journalist Helen Lucy Burke over two Liveline programmes in 2011 when Norris ran for the presidency, the Irish Daily Mail reports.

9. #OOPS: A Florida man is facing criminal charges after deliberately dropping a vase worth $1 million (€730,000) by dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei in an apparent protest, the BBC reports.

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