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The 9 at 9 Nine things you need to know: radiation levels outside Japanese plant reach dangerous levels; Enda Kenny facing first Taoiseach’s questions today; and apparently it takes $7.5m to really feel wealthy.

Every morning, brings you nine things you need to know by 9am.

1. #JAPAN: Japanese nuclear authorities have said radiation levels around the Fukushima power plant have reached levels that can endanger human health, and are warning that winds could carry radiation towards Tokyo today. The authorities had said yesterday they feared that the nuclear cores of three reactors have begun to melt. Find out what happens in a nuclear meltdown.

2. #CORPORATE TAX: Former Taoiseach John Bruton has been assuring US businesses that Ireland will retain its low corporate tax rate, the Independent reports.

3. #RECOVERY: A group of 17 business and public figures – including the aforementioned Bruton – have submitted a blueprint for Ireland’s recovery, with ideas they believe could help lead to economic recovery. The Irish Times says that the report’s contents will remain private until the group engages with the government on the plan.

4. #COURTS: The 25-year-old man accused of murdering rugby player Shane Geoghegan said he shot him several times and said Geoghegan had asked him to “please stop”, his trial heard yesterday. RTÉ reports that the accused said he was sorry.

5.#RICHES: More than four out of ten American millionaires say they don’t feel rich. Apparently, $7.5m is what it takes to feel ‘wealthy’, according to a Fidelity Investments survey reported by Bloomberg.

6. #BAHRAIN: Saudi troops have arrived in the kingdom of Bahrain to help bolster the monarchy’s forces against escalating demonstrations. Al Jazeera reports that police from the UAE have also been deployed to Bahrain, where protesters are calling for political reform.

7. #DISAPPOINTED: Former Minister Brian Lenihan has said he was disappointed by Brian Cowen’s leadership and he had thought when Cowen was elected Taoiseach he would “give a stronger lead and express himself in a more forthright way about the problems facing the country”, the Independent reports.

8. #DÁIL: Dáil Éireann meets today for Enda Kenny’s first Taoiseach’s questions session. The Dáil will also be covering some aspects of the programme for government, before breaking for the St Patrick’s Day holiday.

9. #SEX BOMB: Russian anti-terrorist police were called to a post office at Petrozavodsk after workers heard a package ticking, the Telegraph reports. After evacuating the building, the security forces discovered the ‘device’ was a vibrator.

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