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The 5 at 5: Wednesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

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

1. #EURO: A potential Irish referendum on last week’s EU agreement would effectively be a vote on whether to stay in the euro, finance minister Michael Noonan has said.

2. #HOUSEHOLD CHARGE: The public has been urged to boycott the Government’s new €100 household charge by Socialist Party TD Joe Higgins. His party colleague Clare Daly and independent TD Thomas Pringle have already said they will not pay the levy.

3. #BANKS: The Central Bank has ordered some Irish banks to stop charging customers extra fees for certain “out of order” actions – such as going beyond their spending or credit limits in some circumstances.

4. #INTERNET USAGE: One in five Irish adults has never used the internet, according to new EU figures. The figure is half what it was five years ago.

5. #JAPAN: Google’s Street View cameras have returned to the tsunami-hit areas of Japan for the first time since the disaster – allowing users to compare before and after pictures of the devastation. Take a look at the haunting images here.

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