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The 9 at 9: Tuesday

Nine things you need to know by 9am: Air Accident Unit investigates incident in which a Ryanair plane plunged into a nose-dive; David Norris says quotes on paedophilia are “misleading” and Pippa Middleton to get a US TV Show.

Every day, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you really need to know with your morning coffee.

1. #CARERS: The Carers’ Association is calling on the government to introduce a strategy that allows for care to continue to be given in patient’s homes long-term. The call comes following last night’s Prime Time Investigates, which found that more than 82 per cent of family carers have been affected by cutbacks, and many are living in poverty.

2. #RYANAIR: The Air Accident Investigation unit is investigating an incident in which a Ryanair plane from Liverpool to Dublin had to make an emergency landing on May 20 after it plunged thousands of feet in a nose dive, the Irish Daily Mirror reports.

3. #ASSAULT: An 18 year old man is due in court today in connection with an assault that left a 73-year-old Cavan man, John Golden, dead in hospital one month later.

4. #DIARMUID GAVIN: The cost of Diarmuid Gavin’s Sky Garden to the taxpayer could grow by another €100,000, the Irish Independent reports.

5. #MOTHERS: One third of first time mothers give birth by C-Section, according to figures from the Consumer Guide to Maternity Services. The reasons for the increase are given as medical reasons, hospital overcrowding and social pressures. The number of c-sections varied according to where in the country mothers lived: at St Luke’s in Kilkenny, they rose to 43 per cent and 36 per cent in Mount Carmel, while the lowest rate was at Holles St (22.1 per cent), the Examiner reports.

6. #NORRIS: Senator David Norris has said selected quotes being circulated online yesterday from an interview he gave to Magill in 2001 were “misleading” and did not “convey the context in which they were made”, and asked that people judge him on his public record. Asked about paedophilia in the interview with Helen Lucy Bourke, he said: “I cannot understand how anybody could find children of either sex in the slightest bit attractive sexually…but in terms of classic paedophilia as practised by the Greeks, for example, where it is an older man introducing a younger man to adult life, there can be something said for it. And in terms of North African experience this is endemic. Now, again, this is not something that appeals to me.”

7. #HAITI: Did the Haitian government exaggerate the number of people who died in the earthquake that hit the country last year? The US government has commissioned a report which estimates that between 46,000 and 85,000 people died – but the Haitian government had put the figure at 316,000.

8. #INDIA: Human rights campaigners are calling on the Indian government not to proceed with its first hangings in seven years, the London Independent reports.

9. #P-MIDDY: Pippa Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge’s sister, is to get her own TV show in the USA , after both Oprah and Barbara Walters have set their sights on her, PopEater reports.

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