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Take 5: Monday

Some good news on the jobs front, but still a shocking numbers of householders are having trouble paying the bills…

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Every weekday evening, TheJournal.ie brings you the five things you really need to know by 5pm.

1. #GAS BILLS: Bord Gais is going to start installing pre-payment meters in more Irish homes as 100,000 householders are having difficulty paying their energy bills.

2. #MORIARTY: Gardaí confirmed this afternoon that there was no ongoing investigation into the possibility that the Moriarty tribunal judge’s personal phone line was tapped just a week before he issued his damning report.

3. #JOBSWATCH: Good news on the jobs front for a change with SuperValu promising to create 400 new jobs with the opening of two supermarkets and the refurbishment of scores of their existing stores.

4. #DE VALERA: Eamon De Valera’s government tried to get the British authorities to help them “smear” then IRA chief of staff Sean Russell as a communist, newly-released documents have revealed. The plan was to ensure public sympathy stayed away from the IRA after a spate of bombings in England in the late 1930s.

5. #JAPAN: Bad news from Fukushima: nuclear authorities have detected plutonium in the soil underneath the nuclear power plant, thereby confirming a significant leak to reactor 3. Meanwhile, the calls are growing louder for the head of the Tokyo Electric Power Company to step down. A group of people holding a commemoration at the Three Mile Island nuclear plant in the US, the site of one of the worst commerical nuclear meltdowns on this day in 1979, earlier offered their prayers for the people of Japan.

Additional reporting by Gavan Reilly

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