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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. #TRAGIC Gardaí are investigating after a five-year-old boy died in the swimming pool at the Gleneagle Hotel in Co. Kerry. The child was pronounced dead at Tralee General Hospital after attempts to resuscitate him failed. The hotel said that the pool was fully supervised at the time.

2. #DOLE New figures show that 55 dole recipients have had their benefits cut as a result of new rules introduced in April. The rules state that those who refuse job offers will receive less money. Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton has been criticised for suggesting that some people are claiming social welfare as a “lifestyle choice”.

3. #GRANTS The Union of Students in Ireland has been granted leave to mount a challenge against a reform of student grants. New rules mean that the distance a student lives from the college in order to receive a certain amount has changed from 15 miles to 45 kilometres, and the USI says that 25,000 students are now facing cuts of 60 per cent to their grant as a result.

4. #LUXURY? The Dublin Well Woman Centre has expressed concern that people are viewing sexual healthcare as a ‘luxury’ after its annual report for 2010 showed a significant drop in the number of people attending for testing. The report also revealed that 15 per cent of young women under 20 have chlamydia.

5. #HACKING The hacking scandal has claimed another victim as the Metropolitan Police suffered its second resignation in less than 24 hours. Assistant commissioner John Yates resigned earlier this afternoon after questions arose regarding his relationship with former News International executive Neil Wallis.

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