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Dublin: 8 °C Friday 22 November, 2019

Take 5: Thursday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

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

1. #RACE FOR THE ÁRAS: Doubts about the future of Dana Rosemary Scallon’s presidential campaign persist today as she cancelled all public events to meet with her legal team. Her statement on Prime Time last night sparked speculation as to what the allegations against a member of her family are about but a spokesperson for her campaign said no further comment would be offered today.

2. #UNFINISHED BUSINESS: Minister Willie Penrose has said that the problem of ghost estates will be around “for some years to come” as the latest National Housing Survey found that 2,066 developments remain unfinished across the country and, at the time of inspection, about 90 per cent of those were inactive sites.

3. #IRISH ECONOMY: European Commission president José Manuel Barroso praised Ireland’s economic performance after a meeting with Taoiseach Enda Kenny today. He said there has been “good, steady progress” in the implementation of the EU/IMF rescue programme with interest rates coming down and growth resuming.

Meanwhile, Central Statistics Office figures show the annual rate of inflation in Ireland rose to 2.6 per cent in September – up from 2.2 per cent the previous month – as prices continue to recover following summer sales.

4. #PARNELL STREET: Dublin Civic Trust has proposed to make the area around Parnell Street East into the capital’s first “Oriental Quarter”. However, under the plans, the street would retain its “unique” Georgian characteristics and will look less like Beijing and more like, well, Dublin. Check out the before-and-after pictures here.

5. #EURO2012: Ireland will meet Estonia in the Euro 2012 play-offs – a “dream draw” for 68 per cent of voters in yesterday’s poll. The FAI has confirmed that the first leg will be played in Tallin on Friday, November 11. So, how do you feel about it now?

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