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The 9 at 9 Good morning. Here are the nine stories you need to know as you start your day.

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

1. #SHOOTING: A 19-year-old man remains in garda custody this morning in connection with the shooting of an 18-year-old man at Memorial Park in Dublin yesterday. Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to the shooting to come forward.

2. #CROKE PARK: Talks between public sector unions and the government are due to begin today on an extension of the Croke Park Agreement. The government will be seeking changes in pay, pensions and working conditions and unions say any deal made will have to go to a ballot.

3. #COUNSELLING: Cutbacks by the Department of Education and Skills has led to a 51 per cent reduction in the time available for one-to-one counselling in schools, an independent report has found. The study found that schools have been forced to divert guidance counsellors to more classroom based duties.

4. #ELDERLY: The government has reversed its decision to cut funding for  personal alarms for the elderly, RTE reports. The decision to halve the spending in order to make a saving of €1.3 million was strongly criticised last week by organisations representing older people.

5. #ROADS: Up to three cars have been involved in a collision on the M1 in Dublin this morning. The incident has been described as ‘minor’ and gardaí are at the scene but motorists may be affected by some delays.

6. #PATRONAGE: A huge online survey by the Department of Education will today begin asking parents who should run primary schools in their area. Currently around 96 per cent of primary schools are run by a church, with almost all falling under the remit of the Catholic Church.

7. #GREECE: Shots were fired at the headquarters of the main Greek ruling party in Athens this morning with one bullet smashing through the window of the office of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras. This follows several incidents of arson in the last week targeting New Democracy party offices and journalists.

8. #SYRIA: A new report by an aid agency has described rape as a “significant and disturbing feature of the Syrian civil war”. It is now estimated that theere are more than 600,000 Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries and North Africa.

9. #GOLDEN GLOBES: The stars were in fine form at this year’s Golden Globes with Ben Affleck’s thriller Argo sweeping the awards, winning Best Drama and Best Director. Les Miserables also did well, claiming Best Musical or Comedy, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress. Hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler went down a treat, but Jodie Foster stole the show with this emotional speech…


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