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Nine things to know this Tuesday morning…

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

1. #EUROZONE: EU finance ministers have agreed changes to the EU’s emergency bailout fund, the European Stability Mechanism, which mean that preferred creditor status is not enforced when it comes to countries which have already been bailout out. The Wall Street Journal reports that Noonan says the changes will help ease Ireland’s return to the markets.

2. #WARNING: Meanwhile, the IMF has called on the EU to get on with resolving the Greek debt crisis or the contagion could spread throughout the eurozone and cause a second global financial crisis, the Guardian reports.

3. #MAGDALENE: Responding to a question posed by Sinn Féin’s Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin, Minister James Reilly told the Dáil that three of the religious orders which ran Magdalene Laundries in Ireland between 1922 and 1996 have received €87m from the HSE in the past five years, the Irish Times reports.

4. #WIMBLEDON: Ireland’s Conor Niland takes to the courts today on the second day of the Wimbledon tournament. If you missed yesteday’s opening day, here’s a comprehensive round-up by BBC Sport:

5. #GREECE: And speaking of Greece, the government faces a key confidence vote today. Athens is still working to pass austerity measures required before it is given the next chunk of its bailout funds.

6.  #RUSSIA: At least 44 people have been killed in a plane crash in north-western Russia during heavy fog. Russia Today reports that eight people suffered serious injuries in the crash and an investigation is underway to determine the cause of the accident.

7. #BELFAST: Riots broke out in east Belfast last night when a group of around 100 masked men attacked houses in the Short Strand area with paint and petrol bombs. Five people have been injured, the Irish News reports (print edition).

8. #TUNISIA: Ousted leader Ben Ali and his wife have been sentenced in absentia to 35 years for embezzlement and the misuse of public funds, according to the BBC. They both fled to Saudi Arabia after Ben Ali was forced from power by popular uprisings in January. A drug trafficking case against Ben Ali has been postponed.

9. #GOOD NEWS: For the first time ever, an Irish station – RTÉ Radio – has won the Broadcaster of the Year Award at the New York Festivals Radio Awards.

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