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Take 5: Friday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

It's the Jackson Five. Get it?
It's the Jackson Five. Get it?
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EVERY WEEKDAY evening, TheJournal.ie brings you the five things you really should know at 5pm.

1. #ECONOMY: It’s been a day of mixed news for the economy. An OECD report has heralded Ireland’s economic revival – and predicted that Ireland’s long-term prospects are far better than those of some other hard-hit countries – but the report followed that of the Commission on Credit Unions, which found that some credit unions were dangerously undercapitalised and may need state support.

2. #RACE FOR THE ÁRAS: Dana Rosemary Scallon is to appear on TV shortly to discuss the future of her presidential bid, in the wake of new allegations about members of her family. Scallon has not campaigned in the election since Wednesday night’s Prime Time debate, when she criticised the reports which were about to emerge. She had previously said she would “step out” of the campaign if her family was discussed further.

3. #BNP: A student society at Trinity College Dublin has withdrawn an invitation to British National Party leader Nick Griffin to speak at a debate next week. The proposed immigration debate has been cancelled after the Philosophical Society and the college agreed that they could not guarantee the safety of attendees.

4. #MEDICAL CARDS: The Health Service Executive has proposed placing a cap on the issue of new medical cards in a bid to save around €18m from the public purse. The HSE told us that the proposals were merely that – proposals – and that any proposed cap would not kick in until the new year.

5. #BEYOND THE GRAVE: A survey of British people has found that growing numbers of people are leaving their internet passwords in their wills, so that their online lives can be safeguarded after they die. The survey carried out by the University of London found that people were wary of their profiles being overloaded with spam after they died – and wanted to make sure that data left ‘in the cloud’ could be accessed by their next of kin.

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