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EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING,TheJournal.ie brings you five things you need to know before you head out the door…

1. #GREECE: The Greek finance minister has said that he is “optimistic” that his fellow eurozone finance ministers will sign off on the €130 billion rescue package for his country. Evangelos Venizelos was speaking ahead of a meeting of the ministers in Brussels this evening which is being attended by our own Brian Hayes, the Junior Finance Minister, who is deputising for Michael Noonan.

2. #WHISTLEBLOWERS: Draft legislation protecting agency workers who blow the whistle on wrongdoing in their workplace will be published this week. The legislation was originally proposed in the Programme for Government and came to prominence last December when contract worker Louise Bayliss went public over plans to keep mental health patients in a locked unit over Christmas, subsequently losing her job before later being reinstated.

3. #ARRESTS: Seven people have been arrested by Gardaí investigating a west Dublin criminal gang. Six men and one woman were arrested after a series of searches of homes and businesses today. Separately, five men were also arrested in the capital earlier today as part of an operation targeting organised crime.

4. #SASKATCHEWAN: Ever heard of the Canadian province of Saskatchewan? Chances may be that you haven’t but you may be interested to hear that the area is looking for skilled workers from Ireland. A delegation from Canada is on its way to Ireland next month with more than 275 jobs on offer at 27 different employers. Here’s all the details.

5. #PADDY POWER: The bookmaker Paddy Power has insisted it had no wish to cause offence despite calls for its latest ad about Ladies’ Day at Cheltenham to be withdrawn. The ad features transgender women and is making people feel “mocked and ridiculed (and) deeply hurt,” according to the The Transgender Equality Network Ireland.

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