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

1. #SOCIAL WELFARE BILL Labour chairman Colm Keaveney has voted against the Government on the Respite Care Grant cut. He sided with opposition parties, but the Social Welfare Bill was passed as a whole by 93 votes to 53. Afterwards, he said that his value system “can’t let” him vote for this Budget.

2. #ERIN GALLAGHER The sister of Erin Gallagher was found dead at a house in Ballybofey, Co Donegal, last night. Shannon Gallagher’s death comes two months after Erin (13) died by suicide following what is believed to have been cyber bullying. Gardaí are treating the incident last night as a “personal tragedy”.

3. # SHANNON A plane used to transfer an unlawfully detained man landed at Shannon Airport, the European Court of Human Rights said today. It found Macedonia responsible for the unlawful detention, enforced disappearance and torture of German national Khaled El-Masri. It emerged the plane used by the CIA to transfer him landed at Shannon.

4. #REPOSSESSION Minister Alan Shatter has said that the latest deal with the Troika to close a loophole preventing banks from repossessing homes will not result in more evictions. He said that the issue is not about facilitating wide-scale repossessions, and that under the Personal Insolvency Bill, once an arrangement is made, a person should not be required to leave their home.

5. #SYRIA NATO has said that the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is approaching collapse, and that he should take steps to begin talks on political transition. The news came as a new bomb attack killed 16 people in a government-held town outside Damascus.

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