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Dublin: 13 °C Monday 20 May, 2019

The 5 at 5: Friday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

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

1. #LABOUR DAY: Yes, it’s the Fourth of July elsewhere but for Joan Burton, it’s Labour Day as she was confirmed the new leader of the party. We’re waiting to hear who the deputy leader will be…

2. #JAILED: Entertainer and broadcaster Rolf Harris, 84, has been sentenced to 5 years and 9 months in prison for indecently assaulting girls and teenagers. He will serve at least half of this term.

3. #UNANSWERED PRAYERS: Where are we at with Garth? Well, Fianna Fáil wants to introduce new legislation which it claims will “end the Garth Brooks concerts fiasco” (although it’s unlikely that would pass in time to affect these gigs). There is still stalemate in the Garth camp, which insists he wants to play all five or none at all. Dublin City Council are planning to make another statement this evening, so stay tuned.

4. #FÁILTE? Thousands of people from 123 different countries are being made naturalised Irish citizens today at Dublin’s Convention Centre – and were faced with racist graffiti outside.

5. #NO, CHEERS: The UK pub chain Wetherspoon will NOT be buying the iconic Dublin pubs Café en Seine, The George, The Dragon and Howl at the Moon. See why here.

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