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The 9 at 9: Wednesday

Every morning, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine things you need to know as you kick off your day.

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

1. #PROSTITUTION: Eight people have been arrested in a massive cross-border operation to counter an organised prostitution ring. Over 100 premises were visited between the Republic and the North, with three arrested by Gardaí and five by the PSNI.

2. #REFERENDUM: The High Court will this morning rule on an application by Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty declaring that the Referendum Commission was wrong to state that Ireland had already given up its chance to veto the introduction of the ESM. The court sat late into the night last night as Doherty and the Commission argued their cases.

3. #JOBSWATCH: Even more jobs news this morning – Richard Bruton says four different companies are to create 100 jobs in Dublin and Cork, each with the support of the IDA. Two more companies had said they’ll be setting up a Dublin HQ.

4. #KERRY: A 19-year-old is in hospital after a sand dune collapsed on top of her at Dingle Peninsula yesterday. It’s understood the young woman was in a group which were jumping from the dunes when it collapsed.

5. #SYRIA: French president Francois Hollande has said global powers may still consider a military intervention in Syria – but only if backed by the UN Security Council. The statement came after Bashar Assad yesterday met with UN envoy Kofi Annan.

6. #WATCH OUT: Greece’s largest commercial bank has said the income of the average Greek could fall by as much as 55 per cent if the country left the eurozone – saying the annual income would fall to the equivalent of €8,700, Ekathimerini reports.

7. #DON’T DO IT: An editorial in the Financial Times this morning has advised Spain to heed the mistakes made in Ireland – and not to over-expose itself to its banking sector. The editorial warns against sacrificing confidence in Spain’s sovereign governments to order to prop up its struggling banks. The editorial comes as the ECB said Spain could not recapitalise Bankia by giving it new government bonds.

8. #OM NOM NOM: It’s National Fish and Chips Day today, with members of the Irish Traditional Italian Chippers’ Association offering half-price fish and chips throughout the day. ITICA chairman Peter Borza said over 200 chippers were taking part in the campaign.

9. #OUCH: A new European poll has found that Irish women are the most likely to wear high heels even if it causes them pain. The YouGov poll for Compeed said 72 per cent of Irish women would bear the pain; the next highest country, the UK, scored 58 per cent.

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