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Take 5: Monday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

EACH WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you five stories you really should check out by 5pm.

1. #TOURISM The places visited by Queen Elizabeth II and President Barack Obama have seen a surge in interest from prospective tourists. Kildare, Tipperary, Cork and Moneygall have climbed British and American tourist’s wish lists.

2. #BAILOUT Greece is to receive more money from the EU and the IMF in return for increased austerity and the potential privatisation of state assets. Meanwhile Finance Minister Michael Noonan says Ireland will not be looking for more money after Transport Minister Leo Varadkar said we may need more loans.

3. #FINES More than 540 people were jailed last year for failing to pay fines relating to parking offences, TV licences and dog licences. The Irish Penal Reform Trust calls it a massive waste of resources. Find out the extent of the waste, as told by one Journal.ie reader.

4. #ABUSE The Belgian Church has said it is willing to compensate victims of clerical sexual abuse, saying it is “deeply touched and distraught” by revelations of abuse.

5. #DESPERATE TIMES An unemployed commerce graduate has spent the last of his savings taking out a billboard ad in his quest for a job. Féilim Mac An Iomaire has spent €2,000 on a billboard on Merrion Road offering prospective employers a chance to look at his CV.

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Emer McLysaght

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