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The 5 at 5: Monday

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

1. #PUBLIC SECTOR PAY: Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar has said that increments for staff in the public sector should be deferred for a year.  The Minister acknowledged that core pay is protected under the Croke Park agreement but said that increments are “kind of a grey area”.

2. #BLOXHAM: The High Court has appointed a liquidator and administrator to stockbroking firm Bloxham, which was unexpectedly ordered to cease trading in May after the discovery of financial irregularities. The Central Bank has said it is unlikely that any clients of the firm will be compensated for losses accrued by the firm.

3. #HOUSE PRICES: House prices in Ireland recorded their first monthly increase in four years in the month of May, according to new figures from the CSO. However prices are still down by more than 15 per cent compared to this time last year.

4. #TRAGEDY: Hundreds of people have attended the funeral of 21-year-old student James Nolan in Blessington in Wicklow this morning. Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given and chief executive of the FAI John Delaney were among the mourners.

5. #PSYCHIC WAYNE: TV3 has distanced itself from its new late-night Psychic Readings Live television programme over the use of stock images used to promote psychics who are available to take calls from the public. The channel said the programme is an infomercial, while Psychic Wayne said he has agreed to take part in the programme in good faith.

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