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

EVERY WEEKDAY evening, brings you the five things you should know by 5pm.

1. #DEBT FORGIVENESS: Minister Pat Rabbitte has said that negative equity should not influence whether householders are entitle to debt forgiveness. He said that holding a mortgage greater than the value of your house should not automatically mean you get part of your debt written off by your lender.

2. #RACE FOR THE ÁRAS: TD Finian McGrath told today that Independent TDs are planning to meet this Friday ahead of the Dáil’s return next week and will discuss a number of possible candidates to support for the presidential election. Meanwhile, Sinn Féin is still debating whether or not it will run a candidate.

3. #SHARK: Australian authorities are still searching for the shark which attacked and killed a 21-year-old man yesterday afternoon off the south-western coast. Local surfers say they want the shark to be killed to protect the community, but authorities say they intend to move it away from the area – if they can find it. They still don’t know what type of shark was involved.

4. #REFUSED: Dublin City Council has refused to give fast food chain McDonalds permission to open a new premises in Temple Bar in Dublin city centre. The council ruled such an outlet would be in contrast with the “dignity” of the area and would detract from the historic character of the building it was proposing to take over (formerly Frankie’s Steakhouse and Bar).

5. #CAMPAIGN: A new Hunky Dorys advertising campaign has been launched similar to one which generated controversy last year. In the 2010 campaign, scantily-clad girls played rugby, while in the latest campaign the girls are playing Gaelic football. The Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland told it has received a “handful” of complaints about the ads, which first appeared in newspapers yesterday.

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