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EACH WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you five things you should know before you head out the door.

1. #BANKRUPT: The developer Sean Dunne has been declared bankrupt at the High Court in Dublin today despite not being represented in the court, RTÉ reports. The US-based businessman, who owes some €163 million to Ulster Bank, is seeking bankruptcy in the States but this is being opposed by NAMA who supported Ulster Bank’s application today.

2. #COUNCIL OF STATE: The Council of State is meeting at Áras an Uachtaráin for the first time since President Michael D Higgins took office as he seeks its advice on the abortion legislation. The President must decide whether to refer the Protection of Life during Pregnancny Bill to the Supreme Court or sign it into law by Wednesday.

3. #ASYLUM SEEKERS: A group of asylum seekers have gone to the High Court in Dublin to challenge the State’s system of direct provision which they argue is unconstitutional.

4. #MISSING: Two boys reported missing with their father from their home in Carlow have been found dead following a car crash in Mayo earlier this afternoon.

5. #POPE: Pope Francis has made a significant intervention on the issue of the Catholic Church’s attitude towards homosexuality telling reporters: “If someone is gay and seeks the Lord with good will, who am I to judge?”, but he does have a problem with the gay lobby.

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