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The 5 at 5: Tuesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

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EVERY WEEKDAY evening,TheJournal.ie brings you the five things you need to know by 5pm.

1. #DOWNTURN: One-in-five households in Ireland are delaying their bills in order to buy basic goods according to the latest figures from the Central Statistics Office. The National Household Survey also shows that two-thirds of households have cut their spending on clothing and footwear, while 15 per cent have cut their spending on health insurance.

2. #CIVIL PARTNERSHIPS: More than 1,000 people entered civil partnerships in Ireland in 2011 according to new figures. A total of 536 civil partnerships where registered during 2011, of these 201 were female couples while 335 were all-male.

3. #BANGKOK: An Iranian man carrying grenades blew off his own legs and wounded four civilians after a blast shook a house just four blocks from the Israeli embassy  in Bangkok, Thailand today. The blast has already been linked to two blasts in Georgia and India yesterday which targeted Israeli diplomats.

4. #WIFI: Dublin Bus will roll out a new WiFi service on some of its services next week, it has been announced. The bus company said that a two-month trial of the internet facilities on the Number 16 bus would get underway next week after which the possibility rolling out the service to other bus routes will be examined.

5. #VALENTINE’S DAY: Finally, if you’ve got something planned for your other half this evening then take a little inspiration from these eight great movie love scenes that we’ve compiled for you. But if you’re not a fan of 14 February, then let us know in our poll today, which asks whether or not you celebrate the lover’s day.

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