EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know before you clock off for the day.
1. #QUINN VERSUS ANGLO: Bankrupt businessman Seán Quinn has escaped a jail sentence for contempt at a hearing in the High Court this afternoon. Instead, the judge has ordered him to stop moving assets out of the reach of the bank formerly known as Anglo, which is trying to recoup the €3 billion it says it is owed by Quinn and his businesses.
2. #GUILTY: A former personal assistant to U2 bassist Adam Clayton has been found guilty of stealing €2.8 million from him over a period of four years. RTE.ie reports that the jury took five hours to convict Carol Hawkins on 181 counts of theft from the musician’s bank accounts. She will be sentenced on 6 July.
3. #ART ATTACK: A man has been detained by Gardaí after he interfered with an 1874 painting by Claude Monet which was hanging in the National Gallery of Ireland on Merrion Square in Dublin. The director of the gallery described the attack as “shocking” and “very regrettable”. The painting has been removed to be assessed by conservation staff.
4. #CRIME: Crime in Ireland has dropped by 7.2 per cent over the past year according to new figures released by the CSO. Murders, sexual offences, and public order offences were all down, while burglaries and frauds were the only two categories to see an increase. Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has welcomed the figures.
5. #DEAL: Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has said the new eurozone deal agreed late last night by EU leaders is a ‘game-changer’ for Ireland. The deal, which means that Spain’s banks can get bailouts directly from the European Stability Mechanisms, will apply retrospectively to Ireland. Here’s our explainer on what exactly the whole thing means.