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The 9 at 9: Tuesday

The uneven distribution of wealth, the Simon Harris confidence motion, and the politics of Eurovision 2019.

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EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you all the news you need to know as you start the day.

1. #WEALTH: The top ten percent of Ireland’s population receives almost 25% of the national income, according to a report published today.

2. #ABORTION SERVICES: Thirty five pro-choice groups have written to Minister for Health Simon Harris criticising limited rural abortion services; the Irish Times reports that 274 GPs have signed up to provide abortions.

3. #CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL: Chair of the Oireachtas Health Committee and Independent TD Michael Harty will vote no-confidence in Health Minister Simon Harris, reports the Irish Times and RTÉ.

4. #BAYSIDE SKYRIDE: A rescue operation is underway after more than a dozen people became trapped on a ride at SeaWorld in San Diego, California.

5. #BREXIT: Tánaiste Simon Coveney has said that Ireland is “spending hundreds of millions of euro preparing for a no-deal Brexit”, as British Attorney General Geoffrey Cox prepares to brief the House of Commons and the EU on “alternative arrangements”.

6. #STORMONT, ASSEMBLE: Civil servants in Northern Ireland are being offered bonus payments of £1,500 to take on duties if there’s a no-deal Brexit, reports the Irish News.

7. #ISRAEL WINNER: From “this will be tricky” to advising staff to “resist” replying, Eurovision 2019 is a politically tense topic for RTÉ, FOI documents show.

8. #FAKE NEWS AT ONE: Bryan Dobson is the latest Irish broadcaster to feature in fake advertisements being promoted on Facebook, the Times Ireland edition reports. 

9. #MIND THE GAP: More of Dublin’s rail stations are set to become staffless this year despite local opposition to automation and concerns around security.

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