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EACH WEEKDAY evening, brings you the five things you need to know by 5pm.

1. #EU SUMMIT: EU leaders including Enda Kenny are meeting in Brussels today for the latest European Council summit on a new fiscal treaty. On his arrival in Brussels today, the Taoiseach said his government had “nothing to fear” from holding an EU referendum on that new EU fiscal agreement. Meanwhile, Commissioner Neelie Kroes channelled her inner Marilyn during a Twitter Q&A session earlier when she suggested she was “wearing Chanel No. 5 and nothing else”.

2. #ANGLO: A plan for reducing the size of the current bill payable for Anglo Irish Bank and Irish Nationwide Building Society promissory notes is to be released in March, though the Department of Finance says that no definite timeline has been decided on for the implementation of the plan.

3. #PEACE PRIZE: Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern has been honoured with an award in the Basque Country for his role in ending the armed struggle of terrorist group ETA.

4. #FREEZE: Dozens of people are believed to have died after temperatures plummeted in eastern Europe in recent days. Hundreds have been treated for frostbite and hypothermia in Ukraine, while the temperature in Bulgaria has dropped to as low as -23C in some areas.

5. #TOUGH ENOUGH? Here’s how thousands of people chose to spend their Sunday afternoon yesterday: competing in freezing, wet, mucky (and painful) conditions in the annual Tough Guy event. Check out some of the action in our slideshow.

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