Dublin: 10 °C Friday 19 April, 2024

The 5 at 5 5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

Every afternoon, brings you 5 things you really need to know by 5pm.

1. #GREEN PARTY: Green Party TD Paul Gogarty has suggested that some Fianna Fáil ministers were kept in the dark about discussions between Ireland and the IMF and EU. Gogarty suggested this morning on RTÉ radio that some cabinet members had not been fully briefed on the level of talks taking place.

2. #NOEL DEMPSEY: The constituency office of the Minister for Transport Noel Dempsey was vandalised last night in Meath. Windows were smashed and the word “traitors” was spray-painted on the building.

3.  #OLLI REHN: EU Economic Affairs Commissioner Olli Rehn has told Irish MEPs that it is essential for Ireland to pass the Budget in December because each day delayed in passing it would invite greater uncertainty. MEP Joe Higgins walked out of the meeting just a few minutes after it commenced, refusing to adhere to Rehn’s conditions of confidentiality on the information being discussed.

4. #FAILED BAILOUT?: Meanwhile, Irish bank shares tumbled again today as bond yields continue to rise, despite Sunday’s announcement that the country has applied for financial aid from the EU/ECB/IMF.

5. #EXPOSED: Cork’s 96fm presenter Neil Prendeville will stay off the air for the foreseeable future, according to the station’s CEO. Kieran McGeary told the Irish Examiner that the presenter will not return until a garda investigation into allegations that he exposed himself on an Aer Lingus flight have concluded.