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The 9 at 9 In today’s 9 at 9: The latest on Davis Norris’ Áras bid; a debt deal in the US; the Ministers and the bus lanes; and what the recession is doing to our sex lives.

EVERY MORNING, brings you nine things we feel you ought to know with your morning cup of coffee…or tea.

1. #US DEBT With mere hours left to reach an agreement the US president Barack Obama has announced that congressional leaders have reached a deal on avoiding a historic and potentially devastating debt default. But the fine print makes for less than pleasant reading for many on both sides, particularly Democrats.

2. #STABBINGS Two men have died after separate knife attacks in Galway and Dublin last night. A man in his fifties was found in his apartment in Salthill, Galway last night whilst there have been several arrests following a fatal stabbing in Ballyfermot in Dublin.

3. #NORRIS There is little let up in the pressure on presidential hopeful David Norris today as more details and allegations emerge. The Irish Daily Mail today reports Norris was with Ezra Nawi Yizhak four years after Yizhak was convicted of the statutory rape of a 15-year-old boy. Meanwhile, the blogger who broke the story has been deluged with hate mail according to the Irish Independent.

4. #BUS MINISTERS Cabinet ministers have given themselves permission to drive in bus lanes according to a report in today’s Irish Independent. Fionnan Sheahan writes that the perk for ministers on official business was agreed at the final cabinet meeting before the summer recess last week.

5. #SOCIAL HOUSING Many offers of social housing in this country are refused because of unrealistic expectations, according to new figures seen by the Irish Examiner. Half of all offers were not even acknowledged in one local authority.

6. #SYRIA More than 130 people are feared to have died as Syria’s brutal crackdown on opposition forces continues. President Obama has already condemned the attacks whilst Germany is calling for emergency discussions between members of the UN security council later today in New York, according to BBC News.

7. #NORWAY The man behind the brutal attacks in Norway which killed 77 people has reportedly demanded that he be made head of the country’s armed forces. The Times (subscription required) reports that in the latest round of interrogations Anders Behring Breivik demanded the post in return for information about other right-wing cells he claims are preparing attacks.

8. #RECESSION SEX The recession is killing Irish couples’ sex lives according to a new survey by Relationships Ireland. An increasing number of men are struggling with their libido according to the survey carried in today’s Irish Daily Star.

9. #FACEBOOK FUGITIVE Finally, a man on the run from police in the US used his Facebook to taunt New York’s finest, writing “catch me if you can. I’m in Brooklyn” on his Facebook page. Victor Burgos was arrested shortly after the status update. Police found him at his apartment, at his computer and updating his Facebook, the New York Daily News reports.

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