EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know before you head out the door.
1. #RAPE: A 30-year-old man has been given two life sentences for the rape of two children in Athlone last year.
2. #ARREST: A man has been arrested in relation to the murder of Gerard Donnelly who was burned to death in Phoenix Park last November.
3. #EXPENSES: The former Fianna Fáil TD and Senator Ivor Callely pleaded guilty in the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court today to making a false mobile phone expense claim.
4. #STRIKE: SIPTU said today that it is not in a position to call off a work stoppage planned at Aer Lingus and the country’s three main airports for Saint Patrick’s weekend.
5. #MURDER: Oscar Pistorius pleaded not guilty to the charge of the premeditated murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day last year.