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Take 5: Ash Wednesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.
Mar 9th 2011, 4:58 PM 1,356 0

EVERY AFTERNOON, TheJournal.ie brings you the five things you really need to know at 5 o’clock.

#DAIL EIREANN: Enda Kenny has been elected Taoiseach and his party colleague Sean Barrett is the new Ceann Comhairle on the first day of the 31st Dail. We’re going to have to wait to find out which TDs will be new Government ministers after the Dail returned at 4.40pm with Fine Gael’s whip Paul Kehoe looking for a 30-minute adjournment. Trouble in paradise already?

#KIDDIE PAGEANT: The creator of a beauty pageant for little girls has said she intends going ahead with the contest at a Dublin venue next month. Children’s rights groups here have condemned the pageant, saying it encourages the “early sexualisation” of the children involved.

#PRODUCT PLACEMENT: The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland has decided to allow paid product placement on Irish TV shows. Children’s shows and current affairs and news programmes will be prohibited from using paid product placement but the announcement will be good news for light entertainment shows like The Apprentice.

#HEALTH: The new Cork Medical Centre, the first private hospital to open in the city in 30 years, has been “effectively closed” from today. Staff contracts are suspended for the next four weeks pending talks to save the facility after its operator failed to strike a deal with VHI over cover of patients at the hospital.

#SPAIN: Millions of airline passengers could have their travel plans to, from and through Spain jeopardised after Spanish airport staff announced a series of strikes from April to July.

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