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Take 5: Thursday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

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EACH WEEKDAY EVENING, brings you five stories you really should check out before 5pm.

1. #GARRET FITZGERALD: The tributes to the late Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald have been pouring in – including one from Queen Elizabeth II. Now on the third day of her first visit to Ireland, she described Dr FitzGerald as a “true statesman”.

2. #CLERICAL SEX ABUSE: A study funded by US bishops and Catholic groups into the factors behind clerical child abuse has claimed that most abusive priests were “not paedophiles”. The study also claims that “stress” was a factor in priests abusing – as well as “increased deviance of society” in the 1960s and 1970s.

3. #MENTAL HEALTH: The Medical Independent has revealed today that five children under the age of 17 were admitted to adult psychiatric units in December 2010 and January 2011 – despite such practice being outlawed from December 1 last.

4. #CANNES: The Danish director Lars von Trier has been banned from the prestigious Cannes Film Festival after telling a press conference that he could sympathise with Hitler. The video of his comments can be seen here.

5. #ROYAL VISIT: Need some cheering up after all that? Many of readers today have been enjoying this little snippet of chit chat caught on microphone at last night’s State dinner at Dublin Castle. In it, Queen Elizabeth II is heard to remark to President Mary McAleese how much she likes clinking glasses.

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