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The 5 at 5: Tuesday

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EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you five things you really should know before heading out the door…

1. #ACCOUNTING: Ireland’s debt is lower than previously thought - because of an accounting error that counted a figure of €3.6 billion that was passed between two state agencies twice.

While the figure is equal to the cuts projected in the upcoming budget, a spokesperson for the Department of Finance told TheJournal.ie that this would have “no connection” to this year’s budgetary projections because the numbers related to last year’s GNP figures.

2. #DUBLIN: A man is believed to have fallen off a bridge over Junction 3 on the M1 motorway in Dublin earlier today. Gardaí do not believe that anyone else was involved in the incident, which occurred just after 2pm. The man is believed to have survived the fall.

3. #ARREST: The former finance director of Anglo Irish Bank, Willie McAteer, was arrested this morning as part of an ongoing investigation into alleged financial irregularities at the bank. This is the second time that McAteer has been arrested.

He is currently being detained under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984 at Irishtown Garda Station.

4. #OCCUPY LSX: St Paul’s Cathedral in London has issued a statement saying it is dropping its legal action seeking the eviction of the Occupy London Stock Exchange protesters camped outside the cathedral – and that it wishes to engage “directly and constructively with both the protesters and the moral and ethical issues they wish to address”.

However, the City of London Corporation is still expected to formally tell protesters today to remove their tents within the next 48 hours or face legal action.

5. #RAPTURE: The American “prophet” who wrongly foretold the apocalypse this year (twice), has admitted that he is embarrassed about his incorrect predictions about Christ’s return. Minister Harold Camping insisted that the world would come to an end on 21 May this year but – after it didn’t – he said that the date would be 21 October instead.

Camping now says that he has been checking his notes “more carefully than ever” and that he has found another language in the Bible that he will looked at carefully.

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