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Take 5: Tuesday

Five things you need to know by 5 o’clock…

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Every afternoon, TheJournal.iebrings you five things you really need to know at 5 o’clock.

#RANT: Fashion house Dior has fired designer John Galliano after a video emerged of the anti-Semitic rant at a Parisian café, which saw him suspended from work last week. He is heard to declare, “I love Hitler”, before pointing and saying, “People like you would be dead. Your mothers, your forefathers, would all be f*****g gassed.” Dior called the remarks “odious”.

#ECONOMY: An independent report into the performance of the Department of Finance, commissioned by Brian Lenihan last year, has found that the government had difficulty compiling successive Budgets because of ambitious capital expenditure plans. It also found the department was handcuffed by social partnership deals and there was little overview of the big financial picture.

#GOOGLE TOURIST: Don’t let a rainy day stop you getting to wander around Ireland’s premier tourist attractions – Google street view now allows you to take a virtual tour through places like Dublin Zoo, Fota Island in Cork and even the Aviva Stadium and Croke Park. The images were recorded by Google employees on special trikes last September.

#GENDER: Women drivers may no longer be able to negotiate a discount on their car insurance based on their gender in the future. The European Court of Justice ruled that insurance companies can no longer calculate premiums on the basis of gender. Separately today, the EU’s justice commissioner threatened that if publicly-listed companies do not start increasing the number of women on their boards, she might impose mandatory gender quotas on them.

#LIBYA: The Department of Foreign Affairs has defended its handling of the evacuation of Irish citizens from Libya. A spokesperson said all Irish people there are “either out or coming out, or else they want to stay in the country”.

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