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The 5 at 5: Friday

5 stories, 5 minutes, 5 o’clock.

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EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you up to speed with the five things you should know as you head out the door.

1. #ATHY: Two people were killed and a man was seriously injured following a collision between a car and a motorcycle this afternoon. The incident happened on the road between the M9 and Athy, Co Kildare.

2. NO ‘TAX HAVEN’ ROUND HERE: The Irish Ambassador to the United States has written to the two leading members of the committee investigating corporate tax avoidance to stress that Ireland is not a tax haven. The communication marks the first time that the Irish authorities have contacted the United States directly to challenge the depiction of Ireland as a low-tax jurisdiction.

3. #RACIAL ATTACK: A Kerry woman, who has Vietnamese heritage, was racially abused and spat on in Dublin city centre yesterday afternoon. Úna-Minh Kavanagh was Parnell Street when a teenage boy, who was in a group of about seven, shouted: “You’re a f***ing chink”, then grabbed her face, shook it and spat on her. The 21-year-old gaeilgeoir says she is subjected to verbal attacks “pretty much on a weekly basis”.

4. #GANG CULTURE: Fingal county councillor Kieran Dennison said that, having watched videos of the disorder on Portmarnock beach in Dublin yesterday evening, he was “concerned” about images of “gangs of black youths fighting white youths”. At least three people have been arrested in connection with the public disorder.

5. #BABY NAMES: The CSO has just released the latest list of Ireland’s top baby names. Jack, James, Daniel, Sean and Conor were the five most popular names for boys in 2012, while Emily, Sophie, Emma, Grace and Lily made up the top fives names for girls. It seems that the Kardashians have influenced the list with ‘Mason’, the name Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick’s son, jumping from number 242 in the boys’ names rank in 2007 to 57 in 2012.

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