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

1. #CONTROVERSY Naas Town Council is to hold a special meeting this evening following remarks made by the town’s Mayor Darren Scully in which he said he would no longer be dealing with “black Africans” because of their “aggressiveness”. The comments have sparked an uproar with one TD complaining to the gardaí and more details emerging about Scully’s views on the African community in his area.

2. #EURO BONDS The European Commission is considering a wide range of measures which would bolster the eurozone including a Stability Bonds project that would include proposals to increase surveillance of member states’ economies and fiscal policies on top of the budgetary review plans. The EC would also be able to put member states in severe difficulties into a form of administration according to a leaked draft document seen by TheJournal.ie.

3. #NORRIS Senator David Norris has said he will lodge a formal complaint over the way he has been treated by some aspects of the Irish media. Speaking in the Seanad today, the former presidential candidate alleged that some of the tactics being discussed at the current Leveson inquiry into media ethics in the UK were used against him by staff working for Irish titles.

4. #VAT The lower rate of VAT introduced to stimulate the country’s tourism industry four months ago will remain in place in the forthcoming budget. The Transport and Tourism Minister Leo Varadkar confirmed that the 9 per cent rate in the hospitality industry will not be changed.

5. #EURO 2012 A government minister has called on airlines not to ‘rip off’ Irish fans travelling to the European Championships in Ukraine and Poland next summer. Michael Ring said that while he expected prices to rise he wanted airlines to “be fair in these difficult times”.

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