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The 9 at 9: Monday

Good morning! Here’s the nine stories you need to know as you kick off your week.
Dec 10th 2012, 8:49 AM 10,570 18

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

1. #JOBSWATCH: A US IT security company is to create 100 jobs with the setting up of its engineering and security headquarters in Dublin. Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton described the development, which will see jobs created in software engineering, product development and security operations, as great news for the Irish economy.

2. #HOAX CALL: The Australian radio hosts who made a prank phonecall to the London hospital treating the Duchess of Cambridge have said they were heartbroken to hear that a nurse who answered their call had been found dead. In their first interview since the death of Jacintha Saldanha, Mel Greig and Michael Christian said they were “shattered” and extended their sympathies to the family of the nurse.

3. #FIRE: An elderly man has died in a house fire in Rathcormac in Cork which broke out on Sunday night. A post mortem is due to be carried out on the body of the man today. Authorities say the fire is not being treated as suspicious.

4. #BUS DEATH: A man in his 20s will appear before the Criminal Courts of Justice this morning charged in connection with the death of a man who was fatally struck by a bus in Dublin city centre during rush hour on Thursday.

5. #CLOSED DOWN Children’s charity Barnardos is set to close down for a week due to lack of money, the Irish Independent reports. This is the second time this year that the charity has been forced to close its doors, blaming a cut in government funding and a drop in donations.

6. #NOBEL PRIZE: Taoiseach Enda Kenny will travel to Norway this morning along with 17 other European leaders to collect the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the EU. British Prime Minister David Cameron was one of three leaders who decided to skip the event, saying: “There will be enough people to collect the prize”.

7. #FLAG: The Northern Ireland Assembly is to hold a special sitting today to discuss the reduction in the number of days that the British flag flies over Belfast City Hall. The move has sparked controversy, and there have been several attacks against members of the Alliance Party who put forward the motion which was passed last week.

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8. #MARRIAGE: Hundreds of same-sex couples flocked to get married in Washington yesterday, the first day possible after the US state became the latest in the US to approve gay marriage. More than 140 weddings are believed to have taken place at the city hall in Seattle, while more than 800 couples altogether applied for marriage licences.

9. #RARE: A rare first edition of Ulysses signed by author James Joyce has been sold for more than €130,000 at an auction in New York. The book, which is one of only 100 first editions signed by Joyce exceeded its price by more than €20,000 at the auction at Christie’s in New York.

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