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The 9 at 9: Thursday

Here’s the nine stories you need to know as you start your day.

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

1. #X CASE: The abortion bill put forward by Deputy Clare Daly was last night defeated in the Dáil by 101 votes to 27. Separately, today marks the deadline set by the parents of Savita Halappanavar for government to launch a public inquiry into her death. A failure to do so, they said, could lead them to taking her case to the European Court of Human Rights.

2. #BUDGET 2013: Details of what to expect from next Wednesday’s budget are beginning to emerge, with the Irish Times reporting that Labour Party members were told to expect a €10 cut to child benefit while the Irish Independent is reporting that the property tax is expected to cost homeowners between €200-€400. Budget Day speeches are set to be delivered by both the Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin.

3. #TRAGEDY: A 54-year-old has died after falling from a roof on a farm in Cooraclare, Co Clare. Gardaí believe the accident took place at around 4.30pm yesterday.

4. #LEVESON: Lord Justice Leveson is due to publish an initial report on the culture, practices and ethics of the UK media today. Originally launched in the wake of the UK phone hacking scandal, the report, to be released at 1.30pm, will be focusing on the relationship between media, the public police and politicians.

5. #PENALTY POINTS: A number of leading figures including a rugby player, television presenter and two judges, had penalty points illegally removed from their driving licences, according to the Irish Independent. The claims are now being investigated by the Department of Justice, after a serving garda alerted them.

6. #GROWING UP IN IRELAND: A study by the ESRI has found that 26 per cent of Ireland’s 13-year-olds are either overweight or obese. The study also showed that 39 per cent of girls and 30 per cent of boys reported dieting and trying to lose weight.

7. #PALESTINE: Ireland is today expected to vote in favour of making Palestine a ‘non-member observer state”. The 193 member states of the United Nations are set to vote on the motion today.

8. #DENTAL CARE: Almost one third of people are putting off going to the dentist because of cost, the Irish Dental Association (IDA) has found. Over recent years, free treatment under PRSI and medical card schemes have been reduced, with the IDA fearful that this will lead to an increase in extractions and dentures.

9: #LEGAL ACTION: IBRC are taking legal action against Ernst & Young in relation to their auditing of Anglo Irish Bank. The Irish Times are reporting that the civil case had to be taken before 5 December in order to ensure that six years had not passed since the incident, which would have prevented it from going to court.

Over on DailyEdge.ie: Who’s having a pair of Irish twins, who has no eyebrows, and who’s joined Twitter?… it’s all the celeb news with The Dredge >

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