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The 9 at 9 Nine things you need to know this morning…

EVERY MORNING, brings you the nine things you should know as you start your day.

1. #REILLY: The Health Minister James Reilly is expected to make a statement in the Dáil today after his name appeared in Stubb’s Gazette over an unpaid debt. Reilly has so fair failed to comply with a High Court order regarding the €1.9million purchase of a nursing home with four other investors. Want to know more about Stubb’s Gazette? Here you go.

2. #DEBT DEAL: Finance Minister Michael Noonan has said that Ireland may be waiting for some time for a reduction in its financial burden, even with a new debt deal which is due in October. The minister was speaking after a meeting of eurozone finance ministers yesterday.

3. #GOAL: The head of GOAL John O’Shea is facing a ‘dramatic legal showdown’ in an effort to keep his position as chief executive of the agency, according to the Irish Independent. In the High Court yesterday O’Shea was granted a temporary order to stay in his job amid allegations of “institutionalised bullying” at GOAL.

4. #SPAIN: Spain’s prime minister is set to reveal a new set of austerity measures in the country’s parliament today, as Spanish miners arrive in Madrid to protest against cuts. The BBC reports that a rise in VAT is likely as well as welfare cuts.

5. #ELECTRIC CARS: Dublin Airport has announced the installation of five new charging points for electric cars – three in the car park at Terminal 2 and two in the executive car park.

6. #COSTA CONCORDIA: The captain of the Costa Concordia has apologised after the ship he was in charge of ran aground off an Italian island resulting in the deaths of 32 people. The Telegraph reports that the captain has said that he was ‘distracted by a phone call’ just before the cruise ship crashed into a reef.

7. #PORN: One in ten Irish children has been exposed to potentially dangerous content on the internet, according to a new survey. Websites which detail anorexia advice and suicide techniques are among the sites being viewed.

8. #RACCOONS: Raccoons. They look kind of cute right? WRONG. AP reports that a woman in Washington state was attacked and bitten by a group of the animals after her dog chased them up a tree. It’s a far cry from this.

9. #STAR WARS: Finally if you’ve got a bit of time this morning and you’re a Star Wars fan you might be interested in this project. 52 Weeks of Star Wars sees photographer David Eger place the well-known characters of Han Solo, Luke Skywalker and co in a variety of situations, including everyday scenarios and film posters:

Image: 52 Weeks of Star Wars

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