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The 9 at 9: Tuesday

Morning. Everything you need to know as you kick off Tuesday (including the latest on the election count … yes, it’s still going on).

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Every Morning, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories you need to know as you kick off your day — shortly before 9am.

1. #NOT THE HAPPIEST Ministers gather for their first Cabinet meeting following the election (and, of course, following Eamon Gilmore’s resignation as Labour leader). The Tánaiste sat down with TheJournal.ie just eight days ago — telling us he still believed he’d be party leader come 2016.

2. #NEVERENDING STORY Counting’s due to recommence in Ireland South and Midlands North West this morning, with five European seats here still to be filled. There are also still a final few council seats still to be decided, while a recount has been ordered in Dun Laoghaire.

3. #MISSING GIRLS The Nigerian military has claimed it knows the location of nearly 300 schoolgirls captured by Boko Haram almost seven weeks ago, Aljazeera reports. However, an officer said that using force to free them could result in their deaths.

4. #FRANCIS The Pope has announced he’ll meet a group of sex abuse victims next month after comparing the “ugly crime” to performing “a satanic Mass”, the BBC reports. Pope Francis said he would show zero tolerance on the issue.

5. #DEATHS Post-mortems are expected to get under way today on the bodies of two Dublin men located on the Cavan-Meath border yesterday. Eoin O’Connor and Anthony Keegan, from Coolock, had been missing since 22 April.

6. #GOOD NEWS There are over 380 jobs on the way for Dublin, Galway and Athlone. Ericsson is to create 120 ICT jobs in Dublin and Athlone , while SAP are creating 60 research and development roles and 200 new technology support jobs.

7. #INTERESTING Figures obtained from from the HSE by TheJournal.ie show the number of discretionary medical cards fell by over 16,000 in the space of less than 18 months.

8. #MAN VS DOG Figures released by An Post reveal that, on average, two postmen are attacked or bitten by a dog every week in Ireland. The age old problem is on the rise, apparently…

9. #THE OUTLOOK Finally, the weather… Mist and fog clearing this morning to give a fine, dry day in many areas. Some patchy rain in the far southwest, though. Temperatures of between 15 and 18 degrees.

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