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The 9 at 9: Tuesday

Nine things you really need to know by 9am: Pressure mounts on Ireland to accept a bailout; David Drumm prepares to face his creditors, and … Free Cheese! Get the last of the free cheese!

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

1. #BAILOUT: Ireland is under mounting pressure to accept a bailout – but it’s far from a foregone conclusion, judging by this morning’s papers. The Irish Times leads with a report that the Taoiseach continues to insist Ireland will not seek a bailout from either Europe or the IMF, while the Independent’s front page headline declares “Lenihan to accept a bailout for the banks”. Internationally, too,  all eyes are on Ireland, and there’s one overriding message in the coverage. “Ireland told: Take EU bailout or trigger crisis”, the Guardian’s headline declares, while the Telegraph accusing Ireland of “dithering” on the bailout. The Financial Times sums up the feeling of more than one Irish observer with a headline which declares “Ireland’s frustration grows over ‘damaging’ reports”.

2. DRUMM: It’s not just D-day for the Irish government. Former Anglo director David Drumm is preparing to come face to face with his creditors, including Anglo Irish Bank, in a Boston court today.

3. #HARASSMENT: A woman has been awarded €54,000 after suffering sexual harassment at the garage forecourt where she worked. The director of the company, who is named only as Mr A in the judgment, said his remarks were blown out of proportion, and when he offered her for a “rub of the relic”, he was referring to a miraculous medal that a staff member had brought back from Lourdes.

4. #SAY CHEESE: The government has begun distributing 53,000 tonnes of free cheese. More than €750,000 in EU funding will be spent on the cheese, which is to be distributed through 330 charities.

5. #REPOSSESSIONS: A sheriff has called for the setting up of a national debt collection agency as new figures show the soaring numbers of court orders being issued over unpaid debts, the Examiner reports.  Meanwhile, the newspaper adds that a husband with a chronically ill wife and a son studying for the Leaving Certificate has pleaded with a judge to stop the repossession of their family home.

6. #RAPE CASE: A judge has accused the Oireachtas of failing to protect the vulnerable, after he was forced “with great reluctance” to acquit a 61year old man of allegedly orally raping a 23 year old woman with an intellectual disability – before the jury could even consider its verdict.

7. #DEHLI: At least 60 people have died after a building collapsed in Dehli.

8. #GUANTANAMO: Around a dozen men, who accused British security forces of colluding in their torture overseas, are to get millions in compensation from the UK government.

9. #EXHUMED: The body of a Danish astronomer is being exhumed in Prague – over 400 years after his death. Scientists hope to be able to get to the bottom of the cause of his demise, originally thought to have died of a bladder infection, which was contracted 11 days previously – when he had been too polite to leave the royal banquet table to go to the toilet. Though others believe he may have been poisoned, or accidentally poisoned himself with mercury.

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