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The 9 at 9: Saturday

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. #RECEIPTS: The government expects tax receipts to come in at €34.175bn by the end of this year, according to its White Paper on Receipts and Expenditure. That’s just under the €34.9bn target laid down for 2011. The figures on based on current tax rates and a revised post-Budget document will be released next week.

2. #OCCUPY NAAS: Several Maynooth students are continuing their occupation of the Naas constituency office of Fine Gael TD Anthony Lawlor this morning. The students entered the offices yesterday afternoon as part of a protest against fee increases and cuts to third-level grants.

3. #IRAN: The Iranian diplomats expelled by Britain this week have returned home, according to Iran’s FARS news agency.

4. #CAIN: One of several candidates pushing for the Republican Party’s nomination for the US presidential election is expected to issue a statement today on whether he will continue his campaign. Herman Cain has been accused of sexual harassment and of having an affair, all of which he denies.

5. #HYPNOSIS: A woman in the US is suing a treatment centre for allegedly implanting horrific memories in her mind during hypnosis sessions throughout her treatment for anorexia. Lisa Nasseff, 31, claims therapists at the St Louis facility led her to believe she had been involved in Satanic rituals and had been sexually abused.

6. #EURO: Former president of the European Commission and one of the architects of the euro Jacques Delors has told the Telegraph that the single currency was flawed from the start. He added that the flaw wasn’t so much in the planning of the euro, as in its execution.

7. #MASS: Lay women have started to lead Catholic congregations at ceremonies in a west Dublin parish over a shortage of priests to cover the services, according to the Examiner and RTÉ’s Would You Believe.

8. #SUNDANCE: The Irish comedy-horror film Grabbers has been selected for the prestigious Sundance film festival, which draws over 50,000 people each year.

9. #CRANK CALLS: Police in Illinois are complaining of a jump in crank calls due to people accidentally dialling 911 on their mobile phones – with their bottom. CBS reports that officials say the vast majority of the calls they get from mobile phones are “butt dials”.

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