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The 9 at 9: Monday

Good morning! Here are 9 things to know as you start your day…

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

1. #COURT A 39-year-old man is expected to appear before a sitting of Dublin District Court this morning, charged in connection with an investigation into the discovery of a man’s body in a bag in a house on Prussia St. It is understood the man was stabbed and his body had been at the scene for a number of days.  A man and a woman arrested in connection with the case remain in Garda custody.

2. #TELETHON Whatever happened to the People in Need Telethon? Its chairman told TheJournal.ie that it has “run its course”. The last Telethon was held in 2007, and raised a record €7.5 million. People in Need Trust chairman David Harvey said the body had “tried a few times to get a Telethon off the ground [since then], but that didn’t happen”.

3. #US2012 President Barack Obama’s fundraising brought in slightly more than Mitt Romney and the Republicans in August, with Obama pulling in $114 million and Romney raising $111 million. Now the two men are aiming at swing voters on health care.

4. #KINSALE Post-mortem results are due on the bodies of two men who were found dead at a house in Kinsale, Co Cork, yesterday morning at 6.30am. It is understood the men, who were named locally as Michael Coleman and Liam Coffey, died of a drugs overdose, but further tests may be required to confirm this. Both men were from Co Waterford.

5. #ALPS SHOOTING The daughter of the couple killed in the French Alps shooting is out of a coma, while her sister Zeena (4) has returned to the UK with family members. Police in France are hoping to obtain key information from seven-year-old Zainab al-Hilli when she comes out of sedation. Searches at the family home in Surrey will continue for at least another two days.

6. #HSE Neither the 12 main hospitals in HSE South nor the six in HSE Mid West are in budget, the Irish Examiner says. According to figures it obtained, only four of these hospitals are under €1m over budget. These hospitals had combined cutbacks of €48.94 million between 2011 and 2012.  The HSE will be €500 million over budget by the end of this year if cutbacks are not made.

7. #SYRIA Simultaneous bombs hit Syrian army compounds in Aleppo last night, Reuters reports. According to the state news agency, 17 people were killed and at least 40 were wounded. The UN and Arab League peace envoy Lakdhar Brahimi begins his mission in the country today.

8. #CREIGHTON Businessman Denis O’Brien has written to European affairs Minister Lucinda Creighton about her disapproval of his appearance at the global economic forum, the Irish Examiner reports today. Creighton said she felt uncomfortable about O’Brien attending the forum, and according to a letter obtained by the paper, O’Brien “reminded her of the ‘constitutional right to one’s good name and reputation’”. He also criticised tribunals and their impact on people’s reputations.

9. #IMF REVIEW The IMF’s latest quarterly review is due out today. This is its seventh review of Ireland’s performance and its completion released €0.92 billion. The report will be published at 1pm today, with the IMF saying ahead of its release that  income tax, VAT, and corporation tax collections were ahead of expectations, while the 2012 budget remains on track for the fiscal deficit target of 8.6 percent of GDP.

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