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So we're facing into a referendum campaign... here, cuddle a puppy.
So we're facing into a referendum campaign... here, cuddle a puppy.
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EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING,TheJournal.ie brings you five things you need to know before you head out the door…

1. #REFERENDUM: Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore have confirmed that Ireland WILL hold a referendum on whether the nation should sign up to the EU fiscal compact treaty. TDs have been limbering up for the campaign on Twitter.

2. #INKGATE: Fianna Fáil Senator Thomas Byrne has told Sinn Féin’s Aengus Ó Snodaigh to “come clean” on how he used over €50,000 worth of printer cartridges in just two years. Ó Snodaigh responded to journalist Senan Moloney’s revelations in today’s Irish Daily Mail by saying that his constituency organisation printed lots of leaflets in the area.

3. #FOOD SAFETY: Don’t read this if you’re about to sit down to dinner: the Food Safety Authority’s complaints line handled 13 per cent more complaints last year than in 2010. Among the foreign objects found in food around the country included insects (dead and alive), a false nail, bits of metal and a small rodent (dead). Urgh.

4. #BELIEF: The Atheist Ireland group has called for a revision to the religion module at an Irish primary teacher-training college. The group says that notes given to trainees stated that “atheist humanism produced the worst horrors history has ever witnessed, namely Nazism, Fascism and Marxism”.

5. #GM TRIALS: Teagasc, the national agriculture and food development authority, wants to begin trials on genetically modified crops in Ireland later this year, specifically on potatoes.

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