EVERY WEEKDAY evening, TheJournal.ie brings you the five things you should know by 5pm.
1. #BANDON: Gardaí investigating the death of a second man in Bandon, Co Cork are now treating it as murder. The preliminary results of last night’s post-mortem examination on the 42-year-old’s remains have not been released, but gardaí have confirmed that their inquiry into his death is now a murder investigation.
2. #NAMA: Nama has announced a €118 million profit for Q2 2011 – its second-in-a-row quarterly profit. The agency, which has stopped buying loans, bought its range of development loans from banks at an average discount of almost 60 per cent.
3. #SYRIA: The Arab League is meeting today to discuss the Syrian government’s use of violence against political protesters. Meanwhile, France has recalled its ambassador from Syria following an attack on its diplomatic mission there.
4. #APPLE RECALL: Apple has issued a recall for the first-generation version of its iPod nano over fears the battery could overheat and ignite. The slimline devices involved were released between September 2005 and December 2006 and the company has set up a replacement scheme.
5. #WINNING: Interested in making €300,000? The CEO of clothing chain Next has put forward just such a bounty – all you have to do is figure out how one or more EU member states can best leave the euro. On the other hand, if you find you have money to burn, the Gasworks building in D4 is for sale for €43 million.