Evening top 5: North inner-city taskforce; the secret to a lasting relationship; and Twitter's tick

The top stories this Wednesday evening

Taoiseach to lead taskforce for north inner-city Dublin

There has been mixed reaction to plans for Taoiseach Enda Kenny to take personal charge of a taskforce to lead the regeneration of Dublin's north inner-city.

He also announced €1.6m in extra funding for community projects, as part of a new bid to rejuvenate the area.

Former Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) chief Kieran Mulvey will work with local representatives to compile a list of recommendations on how to do so.

The secret to a long-lasting relationship is getting drunk together, says science

Those in long-term relationships often face a battle when it comes to going the distance. Falling into routines, spicing things up and trying bigger and bolder things is the kind of advice offered in order to keep a couple together.

But now a new study suggests the simple way of staying together is simply going for a few drinks.

The research, published in The Journals of Gerontology, reveals that pairs who take the time to consume alcohol together are more likely to say that they have a less negative quality of love life.

Over 10,000 people rescued by the Irish Navy in the Mediterranean

Some 225 people have been rescued from the Mediterranean by the Irish Naval Service in the last two days.

This brings to more than 10,000 the number of people rescued by Ireland's Naval Service, since they were first deployed to the area in May 2015.

The Minister with Responsibility for Defence, Paul Kehoe, has praised the Naval Service for their continued success in assisting with the migrant crisis.

Amir Khan wants Conor McGregor bout as he looks to swap boxing for MMA

Amir Khan says he would relish the opportunity to fight UFC star Conor McGregor and is considering a swap in codes to become an MMA fighter.

Khan, surely inspired by McGregor's rumored bout with Floyd Mayweather, was beaten by Saul 'Canelo' Alverez during his last bout in May, when the Mexican delivered a vicious knockout to finish the fight.

Here's how to get the blue tick of verification on Twitter

Twitter has announced they will allow for anyone with an account to apply for verification, a feature that had only been available to those in the public eye.

Users can click on a link and fill in a request form. Twitter will respond to your request via email.