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

1. #TRAP DOOR Giovanni Trapattoni is leaving his post as Republic of Ireland soccer manager in the wake of last night’s 1-0 defeat in Austria, which effectively ends hopes of World Cup qualification. A statement from the FAI says it’s “by mutual consent”. Marco Tardelli also resigns as assistant boss.

2. #BUS SERVICES: The National Transport Authority has launched a public consultation process, proposing to reduce services in its contracts with Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann and start an open tender process.

3. #DNA: The Minister for Justice has announced that DNA samples will be taken from criminals convicted of serious crimes for inclusion in a new database. The move is aimed at assisting gardaí in tackling crime — helping them link cases and identify suspects.

4. #SEANAD: Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has indicated that there will be no consequences for Labour politicians who campaign to keep the Seanad. Meanwhile, a Fine Gael councillor has erected posters calling for a ‘no’ vote in the 4 October referendum.

5. BACK TO EARTH: Three astronauts landed back on Earth today after spending almost half a year on the International Space Station. Their capsule touched down in Kazakhstan this morning.

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