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The 9 at 9: Wednesday

Good morning! Here are nine things you should know as you start your day…

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

1. #REFERENDUM: Opposition parties are due to be briefed this morning on the proposed wording for the children’s rights referendum. The government is hoping that the wording, due to be published at 11.30am today, will be supported by all political parties.

2. #MAGDALENES: Extracts from the Justice for Magdelenes submission to a Government committee about the State’s involvement at the institutions point to failures by the government to protect women. The organisation said it offers “overwhelming and irrefutable evidence of State complicity in the abuses experienced by young girls and women in these institutions”.

3. #ALLOWANCES: Teacher’s unions have criticised yesterday’s reviews of public service allowances, saying the decision not to reverse allowances suspended in the last budget is tantamount to a third annual pay cut for teachers.

4. #WATER METERS: Minister Phil Hogan has conceded that the introduction of laws behind the water charges introduction will be enacted behind the timetable agreed with the Troika despite a European Commission report that said yesterday the legislation would be tabled in the coming days.

5. #JAMES REILLY: Health Minister James Reilly faces a vote of no confidence at 9pm this evening after criticism of his handling of the issue of cuts to personal assistance services for people with disabilities. Sinn Féin have also tabled a no confidence motion in the minister that will be debated next Tuesday.

6. #GRANTS: At least eight more councils are considering seeking proof from grant applicants of their payment of the household charge after a decision by Clare and Tipperary County Councils to tie grants to the charge, the Irish Times reports.

7. # JOBSWATCH: It is expected up to 300 jobs will be announced in Limerick later today by a US financial services company, RTE’s Morning Ireland reports. The company has been operating in Limerick for several years and is expected to almost double its workforce with the new expansion.

8. #BLACK WIDOW: Catherine Nevin may be released from prison within weeks to attend college classes before returning to her cell in the evenings, the Irish Daily Mail reports.  Nevin was convicted of killing her husband in 2000 and received a mandatory life sentence. Her permanent release is due in March.

9. #US 2012: Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney has said the redistribution of wealth is ‘a foreign concept’. In a defence of his remarks characterising welfare recipients as “victims”, Romney said Barack Obama believes government should “take from some to give to the others”.

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