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Take 5: Tuesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

Image: the half-blood prince via Creative Commons

EACH WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you five stories you really should check out by 5pm.

1. #HOUSEHOLD CHARGE: The Cabinet has signed off on a combined property and water charge of €100 per household, to be introduced in December’s Budget.

Both charges had been promised by the previous government under the terms of the EU-IMF loan agreement.

2.#COURTS: Liam Adams, the brother of Gerry Adams, has launched a challenge to his extradition to Northern Ireland today. Adams, 55, is wanted by the PSNI on 18 charges in connection with the alleged sexual abuse of his daughter 30 years ago.

3. #AMHRÁN NA LAOCH? Fine Gael senator Jim D’Arcy has called on the government to change the words of Ireland’s national anthem in order to remove “Fianna Fáil” from the opening line: “Could I ask the Leader, perhaps, that he might suggest that the lines that were appropriated from ‘laochra fáil’ to ‘fianna fáil’ be changed back to their original wording,” D’Arcy suggested.

4. #FACEBOOK: A Canadian engineering student may have discovered the new look of the Facebook iPad app, after seemingly finding a hole in the latest Facebook iPhone app update that enabled him to see what could be the yet-to-be-revealed iPad version.

5. #FUNERAL: The funeral of singer Amy Winehouse has taken place today. The Jewish service was led by a rabbi and included prayers in English and Hebrew and reminiscences from Winehouse’s father, Mitch Winehouse, reports the AP. The cab driver and jazz singer, who helped foster his daughter’s love of music, ended his eulogy with the words “Goodnight, my angel, sleep tight. Mummy and Daddy love you ever so much.”

Yesterday, a post-mortem examination carried out on the 27-year-old’s body proved inconclusive. Police say they will have to wait up to four weeks for the results of toxicology tests to establish how she died.

Picture by: Sang Tan/AP/Press Association Image

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