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GOOD MORNING

The 9 at 9 Nine things you need to know this morning, including: Micheál Martin set to name new front bench; Egyptian protests set to continue for seventh day; and the Geezer Bandit strikes again.

Every morning, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine things you really, really need to know as you start your day.

1. #POVERTY: Government policies have increased the income of the richest 10% of households since 1987, according to a new report by Social Justice Ireland. The report says that that top 10% receive almost 25% of total disposable income. The bottom 10% receives 2.28% of all disposable income.

2. #GE11: Micheál Martin is set to announce his party’s new front bench today. The Irish Times reports that he spoke to TDs over the weekend and although he did not indicate to them how he would distribute the positions, three of the party’s most prominent young TDs look likely to be promoted.

3. #ROADS: A man has been killed in Co Kildare after his motorcycle collided with a car on the Naas to Ballymore Eustace Road.

4. #AER LINGUS: Talks at the Labour Relations Commission between Aer Lingus management and the Impact trade union are due to resume today, RTÉ reports. The airline has cancelled some 10% of its flights in the past two weeks as a result of the dispute, and further disruptions are possible today.

5. #EGYPT: The government-ordered curfew was ignored again yesterday and protests look set to continue for a seventh day today. Al Jazeera reports that opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei joined protesters in Cairo yesterday, and opposition groups have called for one million people to join the demonstration tomorrow to force President Mubarak from power. The Department of Foreign Affairs is advising Irish citizens “to avoid all travel to Egypt”.

6. #MOUNTJOY: The investigation into a fire at Mountjoy Prison on Saturday continues. The Independent reports that the fire has been linked to an ongoing prisoner turf war and five inmates have been receiving treated for smoke inhalation.

7. #OIL: The price of Brent oil could hit $100 a barrel today, Reuters reports, as a result of the continuing Egyptian protests.

8.#SEXISM: RTÉ sports presenter Evanne Ní Chuilinn has told the Sunday Tribune that she has experienced sexism in work similar to the incidents involving former Sky Sports presenters Gray and Keys. Ní Chuilinn said she never “called anyone out” over their comments because she didn’t think it worthwhile to complain.

9. #GEEZER BANDIT: The FBI is offering a $20,000 reward for an elderly thief, nicknamed the Geezer Bandit, who has pulled off another bank heist. The man, thought to be in his 70s, robbed an undisclosed amount of cash from a Bank of America branch in Santa Barbara on Friday, the New York Daily News reports. He is suspected of robbing ten banks in California since 2009.

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