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The 9 at 9: Tuesday

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. #PRIORY HALL: Residents of the Priory Hall complex in Dublin have been forced to leave over fire safety concerns and around 100 spent last night in a hotel as part of Dublin City Council’s alternative accommodation plans. David Hall of New Beginning told Morning Ireland that these are ”nice decent people” who have been thrown into chaos. The complex’s developers were yesterday told to surrender their passports after it emerged they were unable to pay for alternative arrangements for residents during repair work.

2. #PRISONER SWAP: Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners are being moved to staging areas today as part of a deal in which 1,027 of them are being released in exchange for Israeli soldier Gilat Shalit. Shalit, meanwhile, has being moved to Egypt in preparation for the transfer.

3. #NEWGRANGE: Archaeologists are investigating whether the Newgrange site has a second solstice-aligned passage tomb, according to the Examiner. Dr Conor Brady of Dundalk Institute of Technology says that the ancient site has not been fully excavated yet and said the “absolute best case scenario” would be to discover a second passage.

4. #TARGETS: Social Justice Ireland has called on the EU-IMF troika to focus on tax increases when tackling the budget deficit, instead of introducing further public spending cuts in Budget 2012.

5. #RACE FOR THE ÁRAS: In the second of our series of candidate questions, the seven presidential candidates have been asked what their main priority would be if they were elected to the Áras, with answers ranging from the economic situation to restoring national pride. Meanwhile, if you want to catch any of the candidates on the campaign trail today, check out TheJournal.ie‘s #Áras11 diary.

6. #HILLSBOROUGH: Britain’s House of Commons yesterday agreed to release all government documents relating to the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, in which 96 football fans died. The parliamentary debate on the issue was sparked by a thousands of signatures to an online petition.

7. #FRANCE: Ratings agency Moody’s has warned it may put France’s Aaa debt rating on negative outlook in the coming months giving the deterioration “in debt metrics”.

8. #CRIME: The Irish Youth Justice service has released its annual report for 2010, which says that 1,000  more children participated in community crime diversion programmes than in the year before.

9. #MCTELLY: International fast food chain McDonald’s is planning to introduce its very own television channel. The LA Times reports that the high-definition channel will only be available in-house for the company’s captive customers and will carry content specific to particular branches and areas.

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