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The 9 at 9 Nine things you need to know this morning…

EVERY DAY, brings you nine things you need to know with your morning cup of coffee.

1. #EUROZONE: The German Chancellor Angela Merkel is seeking changes to the Lisbon Treaty as part of the eurozone rescue deal – and the proposed changes may make it necessary for Ireland to hold a referendum. Merkel and French president Nicolas Sarkozy met to discuss the eurozone’s problems yesterday, and announced that a comprehensive new plan to end the crisis would be in place by the end of the month.

2. #BODY: The body of a missing 27-year-old man was recovered from the River Lee last night. Gardaí are still investigating the circumstances surrounding his death.

3. #JOBSWATCH: Health insurance company Allianz Worldwide Care is looking to fill 150 posts immediately. Almost all of the new jobs will be based Dublin, while a small number of candidates will be appointed to the company’s new Brussels office.

4. #PLAQUE: A project to install a bronze plaque bearing the signatures of all past and present Dáil members has been scrapped – despite the fact that more than €50,000 has been spent on the plans to date, the Irish Times reports. The plaque had been cast and placed in Leinster House but it was later removed because errors had been spotted in it. Plans to recast the tablet have now been abandoned.

5. #TALK TALK: The Government is to apply for a grant from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund in order to assist workers from Waterford’s closed down Talk Talk call centre to retrain and find new work. At the beginning of September, management informed 575 workers that the centre would close – giving them just 30 days’ notice.

6. #EMPLOYMENT: One quarter of Irish businesses plan on creating new jobs within the next three months, according to a new survey of IBEC members. Also this morning, Allianz Worldwide Care announced that over 100 jobs are destined for Dublin “immediately”.

7. #EGYPT: At least 24 people are dead following clashes in the Egyptian capital, Cairo. The Cabinet is holding an emergency meeting after Coptic Christians angry about an attack on a church clashed with security forces in the city.

8. #NEW ZEALAND: About 30 tonnes of oil from a ship that ran aground off New Zealand’s east coast last week has leaked into the sea. Workers battling to clean up the spill say that the oil has now reached the shore, reports the Guardian.

9. #OPTIMISM: There really is such a thing as optimism. The BBC is reporting on a University College London study that found that optimists’ brains naturally “reject negative thoughts” in favour of positive ones wherever possible. And even more good news: 80 per cent of us are optimists, even if we don’t think we are.

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