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Take 5: Monday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

Image: Cappellmeister via Creative Commons

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

1. #JOHN ENNIS: The family of missing fisherman John Ennis are coming to terms with the discovery of his body off the coast of Wexford today. The father of four had been missing for the past month after the boat he had been working on sank in the Suir estuary. Hundreds of locals had been involved in a tireless search for John since his vessel sank.

2. #NUCLEAR: The EU’s energy ministers held an emergency meeting today to discuss possible binding requirements on the 143 nuclear power plants in the Union, in the wake of the scare surrounding the Fukushima plant in Japan. The ministers failed to reach agreement on common criteria for European nuclear plants.

3. #HOTEL PRICES: Believe it or not, Irish hotels now offer the best value in western Europe, according to’s annual hotel price index survey. We asked our readers in today’s poll if they thought Ireland was now a value destination for tourists – there are some interesting notes on Ireland’s weak spots in the comments section

4. #AFGHANISTAN: The US army has been forced to apologise for the “distress” caused by “repugnant” photographs which show some of its soldiers posing with corpses of Afghan prisoners.

5. #WINNING: The ongoing soap opera that is actor Charlie Sheen’s life has probably had more viewers of late than his recently-departed sitcom Two and A Half Men. However, the plot thickened today when it was reported that CBS is thinking of bringing back the show.

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