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The 9 at 9: Monday

Nine things to know this morning…

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EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine things you need to know as you start your day.

1. #PROPERTY: Two property market reports released today show that prices keep falling, though by varying degrees. MyHome.ie says that prices fell by an estimated 7.2 per cent in the first quarter of this year, while Daft.ie estimates that the fall was much lower at 1.4 per cent.

2. #SEX OFFENDERS: A garda sergeants’ conference is calling for stronger legislation regarding sex offenders, under which convicted offenders would regularly supply gardaí with personal information after their release.

3. #SIBERIA: At least 32 people have been killed after their passenger plane crashed in Siberia shortly after take-off this morning. Eleven people who survived the crash have been hospitalised with serious injuries.

4. #PRIORY HALL: TheJournal.ie‘s Sinead O’Carroll has visited Dublin’s Priory Hall apartments which occupants were forced to vacate after it was discovered that the completed development posed a serious fire hazard. Here’s what she found.

5. #ST PATRICK’S DAY: Guess how much the government has spent sending cabinet ministers abroad for St Patrick’s Day 2012? (Clue: It’s more than €50,000.)

6.#BURMA: Aung San Suu Kyi has called on her party’s supporters to exercise restraint in celebrating their anticipated victories in the country’s by-elections. The BBC reports that the official results are due out later this week, but that the National League for Democracy is believed to have secured the majority of the 45 seats contested, including one for Suu Kyi.

7. #SOMALIA: A Médecins Sans Frontières-run hospital in the Somalian capital Mogadishu has been shelled during exchanges between government forces and militant groups Al-Shabab, causing significant damage to its emergency department and surgical ward. MSF is appealing for calm and calling for the release of two MSF workers who were kidnapped from a refugee camp in Kenya in October 2011.

8. #NORTH KOREA: The AP has published satellite images it says appear to show operations at a rocket launch site in North Korea.

9. #SLIMED: After being picked as the celebrity kids most wanted to see ‘slimed’ at the Kids’ Choice Awards 2012 yesterday, Justin Bieber was totally covered in goo. As was Will Smith, who happened to be standing beside him on stage at the time, and some of the front-row audience members – including Michelle Obama:

(Video uploaded by GoodMusicTony)

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