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Five things you need to know before you head out the door: the Betfair controversy, an investigation into the death of a man in Dublin; and students have their say on Junior Cert reforms.

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

1. #WORRIES A new survey by The Samaritans and YouGov has shown that Irish people are worried about money and their jobs in the year ahead. People are also worried about their mortgage and physical health issues.

2. #FR PETER KENNEDY Fr Kennedy is wanted in connection with dozens of allegations of child sexual abuse. He has been extradited from Brazil to Britain over abuse allegations dating from the 1960s to 1980s.

3. #INVESTIGATION The man who was found unconscious outside The Arlington Hotel in Dublin city on Christmas Eve has died. The Garda Síochána Ombudsman is investigating the case.

4. #EDUCATION The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn, has welcomed a report from the Irish Second Level Student’s Union on the proposed changes to the current Junior Certificate exam system. The students were very positive about the new curriculum, and suggested new names for the overhauled system.

5. #BETFAIR CONTROVERSY Betfair has defended its decision to void bets at Leopardstown yesterday that totalled €25m. It blamed an “obvious technical fault” for allowing punters to back the second favourite at mid-race odds of 28/1.  It released two statements on the situation.

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