Every weekday evening, TheJournal.ie brings you the five things you really need to know by 5pm.
1. #TRIBUNAL: The Moriarty Tribunal’s report on alleged payments to politicians has been published – and it finds that former communications minister Michael Lowry was an “insidious and pervasive influence” on the awarding of a mobile phone operator licence to Esat Digifone. Esat boss Denis O’Brien says he wants the Tribunal itself investigated.
2. #JAPAN: Workers have managed to hook up power cables to all of the reactors at the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant. Not all the news from Japan is so positive today – it emerges that thieves made off with around €348,000 when power outages resulting from the natural disaster there left a vault open.
3. #THE END? The board of the Light House cinema in Smithfield, Dublin has been meeting today to try and figure out if it will soon be the last picture show there. The High Court will hear a wind-up petition from its landlord against the venue on Monday – it is reported that the rent for the location had been doubled last year.
4. #CAUGHT OUT: Stephen Ireland and Leon Best, two of Ireland’s Premier League football stars have apologised for baring their six-packs at a nightclub last Friday, ahead of their game for Newcastle United the following day.
5. #CRYSTAL CRUISE: Fancy being trapped on a boat with Crystal Swing and Daniel O’Donnell? Well now you can be – for up to $2,899 on a round-Bahamas cruise trip featuring these and other Irish acts.