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EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you five things you really should know before heading out the door…

1. #RACE FOR THE ÁRAS: Some of the presidential candidates today revealed their voting intentions ahead of the two referendums which are take place this week alongside the presidential election.

Ballots will be cast this Thursday on the question of cutting judges’ pay and on granting powers of inquiry to the two Houses of the Oireachtas, as well as on who will become the next president of the State.

The candidates were taking place in the penultimate debate, held by Newstalk and Google. (If you missed it, you can catch up on the the day’s action with our Liveblog.)

2. #ABDUCTION: A woman in her mid-20s has been arrested in Dublin over the abduction of a man in the city last week.

Fears are growing for the well-being of the man, identified as 29-year-old Ciaran Noonan, who witnesses say was beaten before being dragged into a car in the East Wall area of the city last Thursday.

3. #MOUNTAIN RESCUE: Eleven hikers who became stranded on the Wicklow mountains yesterday have been brought to safety after overnight efforts by mountain rescue teams.

The 11 members of a Dublin-based hiking club got into difficulty yesterday afternoon after heavy rainfall caused a river to swell and block their return route.

4. #TYPICAL IRISH: A new project has been launched by the Genealogical Society of Ireland and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, which aims to explore human genetic variation in the Irish population.

The Irish DNA Atlas project aims to create a collection of DNA samples from individuals of Irish origin, which will be used to explore human genetic variation in the Irish population and “investigate the diversity of the Irish genome”.

5. #RIHANNA: The singer has released that video – yes, the one which drew ire from DUP councillor during filming in Bangor, Co Down, last month.

Alderman Alan Graham, councillor for Bangor West, objected to the 23-year-old going topless in his field for the shoot – calling her state of undress “inappropriate”. Today, he told TheJournal.ie that he wasn’t “particularly shocked” by the end result but that he would like Rihanna “to enjoy God’s salvation in her life”.

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