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Dublin: 5 °C Wednesday 11 December, 2019

The 5 at 5: Wednesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

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EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, brings you the five stories you need to know before you head out the door.

1. #REFERENDUM The wording of the children’s referendum has been released – and Children’s Minister Frances Fitzgerald has said it won’t be a a “charter” for children to be taken away from their families. Meanwhile, Fianna Fail and Sinn Féin have welcomed it, though the latter wants to consult legal advisors on its wording.

2. #TOSCAN DU PLANTIER French detectives are to return to Ireland to question a witness over the death of Sophie Toscan du Plantier in Schull, Co Cork. It is also reported that the French magistrate investigating the death of du Plantier in 1996 will rule on whether suspect Ian Bailey should be tried in absentia when the latest interviews conclude. Bailey’s solicitor told that would be “beyond belief”.

3. #DIRECT PROVISION A report from the Irish Refugee Council has questioned whether the conditions children are experiencing while in Direct Provision ‘amount to child abuse’. The report details conditions some children have experienced, including poverty, malnutrition, lack of access to youth services, and overcrowded living spaces.

4. #CATHERINE Danish celebrity magazine Se og Hoer will devote a 16-page splash to the topless photographs of Kate Middleton tomorrow, it has said. It won’t be putting the photos online, though its chief editor Kim Henningsen said that she was “incredibly proud that we have obtained the rights” to the photos.

5 .#EMPLOYMENT Employment has fallen by 1.8 per cent in Ireland this year, according to new figures from the Central Statistics Office. The figures show that 18,600 of those who became unemployed in the second quarter of the year were men and 14,800 were women.

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