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EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING,TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know before you head out the door.

1. #BOSTON: Details of those killed and injured in the Boston bombings on Monday have emerged today with families paying tribute to those who lost their lives. President Barack Obama will travel to Boston tomorrow to take part in an interfaith service in memory of the three people who died at the finish line of the marathon.

2. #IRON LADY: The funeral of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher took place today with over 2,300 mourners in St Paul’s Cathedral including Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister David Cameron. It has emerged that the Iron Lady reportedly told a Labour Minister for Northern Ireland that he could not trust the Irish because “they are all liars”.

3. #MICHAEL D: Irish president Michael D Higgins addressed the European Parliament in Strasbourg today in a speech that called for MEPs not to ignore the “suffering” of European citizens. He said the public feel that decisions are being made to address market concerns rather than with compassion for people living in member states.

4. #HOODIES: An independent town councillor in Castlebar, Co Mayo has asked the council to examine whether something should be done about people wearing hoodies, as he said those committing crimes cannot be identified because they “camouflage their faces with a hood”. He said people in the community have told him they are “terrorised” by people in hoods.

5. #SAME-SEX MARRIAGE: The parliament in New Zealand has voted to legalise same-sex marriage, becoming the first country to do so in the Asia-Pacific region. The move was met with loud cheers by the crowds in the galleries who burst in to song, belting out an emotional rendition of the the traditional Maori love song, Pokarekare Ana.

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