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Wednesday 29 November 2023 Dublin: -1°C

The 5 at 5 5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

Every weekday evening, brings you the five things you really need to know by 5pm.

1. #ECONOMY: Financial analysts surveyed by have said Ireland’s banks may need another €27.5 BILLION – the results of next week’s stress tests on the system will reveal the true figure. But there is some good news from Brussels today where Taoiseach Enda Kenny has been attending the two-day EU summit. Kenny told RTE’s News at One that the ECB now accepts that it would not be “prudent” to have a firesale of Irish assets. At least not right now.

2. #PRENDEVILLE: Cork radio presenter Neil Prendeville gave a lengthy interview to a colleague on Cork’s 96FM this morning in advance of his return to the airwaves this coming Monday. Prendeville says that he feels he has been punished enough over his Aer Lingus flight ‘mishap’ late last year. We’ve been asking our readers if they think the DJ should be returning to his show…

3. #MORIARTY: More strong words from businessman Denis O’Brien today about Mr Justice Moriarty, author of the report on the awarding of the mobile phone licence to ESAT Digifone in 1996. O’Brien said today that he believes Mr Justice Moriarty suffered from “Stockholm syndrome” in identifying too closely with certain people in his Tribunal.

4. #IVORY COAST: The safety of citizens in the violence-torn African nation has plummeted to even more worrying levels. Aid agencies have been telling that women and children have died in their hundreds from bullet wounds as street battles rage. Access to medical care is limited and the country’s infrastructure has been paralysed.

5. #LIZ TAYLOR: The silver screen star remained a diva to the very end – her body was late arriving to her Hollywood funeral, as per her explicit instructions. It also emerged that Irish actor Colin Farrell read a poem at the memorial service for Taylor yesterday.