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The 9 at 9: Monday

Good morning. Here’s all you need to know as you start this Monday morning.

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

1. #GLASGOW A ninth body has been recovered from the wreckage of the Clutha Bar in Glasgow following Friday’s helicopter crash. An attempt will be made to remove the helicopter wreckage from the roof of the pub today.

2. #NEW YORK Investigations continue into yesterday’s train derailment in the Bronx, which left four people dead and at least 63 injured. Some passengers were said to have been ‘impaled’ by debris. Police said that the train’s event recorder has been recovered.

3. #PROPERTY TAX Council tenants will not have to pay the property tax in the new year, the Irish Independent reports. It says that all council houses were automatically valued at under €100,000 so they qualified for the lowest property tax rate, and were given a six-month respite.

4. #RIFT Minister Joan Burton told TheJournal.ie she hasn’t talked with Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore about an apparent ‘rift‘. Burton said that she and Gilmore have always had a “very good working relationship” and that he supports her.

5. #TOP-UPS Meanwhile, Minister Burton has said a charities regulator must be a priority in the wake of the recent top-ups controversy. Former Fianna Fáil minister and Central Remedial Clinic (CRC) board member, Vincent Brady, told the Irish Times he will not resign over revelations about top-up payments from public donations to CRC.

6. #JOBS Baxter Healthcare is to let 110 jobs go through voluntary redundancies. The American firm employs 1,000 people in Castlebar and Swinford, Mayo, but the jobs are to be cut in Castlebar.

7. #COURTS Former solicitor Thomas Byrne (47) is due to be sentenced today in a trial which saw him found guilty of 50 charges of theft, fraud, deception and forgery. The case is the country’s largest-ever fraud trial.

8. #RESIGNATION Former Deputy State Pathologist Dr Khalid Jaber is expected to give evidence in upcoming criminal trials, despite his recent resignation. Dr Jaber told the Irish Independent that a dispute at Dublin City Mortuary stemmed from bullying allegations against him, and he denied any wrongdoing.

9. #HEADSTONES A priest in Donegal has warned parishioners that ‘gaudy’ headstones could be removed if they don’t conform to strict new rules, the Inishowen News reports. Fr John Walsh in Buncrana has also warned against people eating or talking loudly in cemeteries.

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