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The 5 at 5: Tuesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

Five sleepy Phoebe Fledglings.
Five sleepy Phoebe Fledglings.
Image: Runner Jenny via Flickr/Creative Commons

EACH WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you five things you should know before you head out the door.

1. #WALLACE: The whips of the Dáil’s five groupings have agreed not to table any motions of censure against Mick Wallace before the outcome of a potential committee investigation into the Wexford TD’s tax affairs.

Meanwhile, Revenue has revealed that at €2.13 million, Wallace’s construction company’s settlement was the second-largest of the first quarter of 2012. The largest? That of a fishing vessel leasing business in Killybegs which had to pay €3.4 million in back-tax, interest and penalties.

2. #STOLEN LAPTOP: TheJournal.ie has learned that an investigation is underway after a laptop containing personal details of about 900 Bord Gáis employees was stolen from the company credit union in Dublin’s north inner city on 4 June. Although the laptop was password-protected, the information held on it was not encrypted.

3. #ROADS: A pedestrian has died in Dun Laoghaire this afternoon following a fatal road accident at Kill Avenue. The man, who Gardaí believe was in his 30s, was killed after being struck by a car.

4. #NAMA: The economist who created the concept of the National Asset Management Agency has said that the government should sell off some, or all, of the agency. Peter Bacon also suggested replacing it with a new National Mortgage Bank.

5. #LEAVING CERT: The State Examinations Commission have dismissed the appearance of an authentic-looking history paper – which is due to be examined tomorrow afternoon – as a hoax. A spokesperson warned candidates to “be wary” of all sources which claim to have advance knowledge of exams.

As students sat down to their biology and Irish exams today, reaction was still filtering through from yesterday’s controversial Higher Level Maths Paper II. Sinn Féin has called on the SEC and Education Minister to assess its fairness, while the Sixth Years themselves had a mixed response on Twitter.

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