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Dublin: 10 °C Saturday 25 October, 2014

Lunchtime Fix: 5 things you need to know

Catch up as you refuel.

WHAT’S THE STORY?

1. THE Dáil heard from Justice Minister Alan Shatter this morning that he absolutely, definitely did not know about recording of phone calls in Garda stations until yesterday. See what happened next:

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2. RTÉ’s Director General Noel Curran told an Oireachtas Committee that it would have been “foolhardy” to fight the ‘Pantigate’ legal action (following the appearance of Rory O’Neill on the Saturday Night Show, below):

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3. PROPERTY prices are increasing in some areas outside Dublin. This is either bad news or good news, depending on whether you’re buying or selling:

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4. AFFECTED by osteoarthritis? Scientists at NUI Galway are having some success with a new treatment for the painful condition:

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5. THIS picture of Michael D Higgins at an ATM on Dublin’s Baggot Street answers the question of whether the President carries his own cash, and whether being the figurehead of a country means you can skip the queue (Answers: Yes. No.)

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Images, from top: Brian Lawless/PA Wire; Niall Carson-PA Wire/RTÉ Saturday Night Show; TheJournal.ie; X-ray/Shutterstock; Awnings of Ireland;

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