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Take 5: Thursday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

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EACH WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you five stories you really should check out by 5pm.

1. #CORRIB: The five gardaí at the centre of the Corrib ‘rape tape’ scandal, who were allegedly recorded threatening to rape and deport a woman, are not likely to face charges.

According to a report on the incident, a garda who was present at the time claims he heard one of the protesters refer to rape as two women were being arrested.

Of the five men, three have been excluded from investigation but two may face further action. A spokesperson for Shell to Sea told TheJournal.ie that she never expected criminal proceedings to be taken against the gardaí, but that “the idea that one of those gardaí that were making the comments about raping women would be allowed to resume normal work is upsetting. We want more than just a slap on the wrist”.

2. #JLCS: Seven Joint Labour Committees are to be reduced from 13 to 6 under new reforms just announced. Only 6 out of the 13 current JLCs will survive – and while they “recognise” the “special position” of Sunday working, they can no longer set premium rates for it.

3. #THORNTON HALL: The new prison that is to be built at Thornton Hall in north county Dublin will now accommodate just 500 people instead of the was originally envisioned 2,200 prisoners, following an independent review.

The government has accepted the recommendations, which suggest that just 300 cells be built at the facility, rather than 1,400.

4. #RACE FOR THE ÁRAS: Presidential hopeful Sean Gallagher has denied accusations that he is covering up his past links to the Fianna Fáil party. Gallagher said he did not have any connection with the party between 1993 – when he finished working as a political secretary for then-Health minister and Cavan-Monaghan TD Rory O’Hanlon – and 2007 when he acted as a campaign manager for Louth’s Seamus Kirk.

5. #NAME AND SHAME: The Sacred Heart Missionaries, which had one of its members named in the Seanad yesterday as an alleged child abuser, has insisted that it is in “full compliance” with child protection procedures.

Yesterday, a senator using his parliamentary privilege claimed that the cleric had been reported to gardaí in seven allegations of abuse between 1986 and 2008 but that the DPP had not pursued a criminal case against him.

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