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Dublin: 8 °C Thursday 12 December, 2019

Take 5: Tuesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

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

1. #DEFICIT SINNERS The national flags of all bailed out European Union member states should be flown at half-mast at EU buildings, according to Germany’s European Commissioner Günther Oettinger. He believes that the move would be a deterrent to those “deficit sinners” who cannot keep their financial affairs in order.

2. #RACE FOR THE ÁRAS Mary Davis will not follow the lead of her fellow independent presidential candidate Seán Gallagher in asking some county councils to withdraw their support for her nomination. Gallagher has asked three councils who intended to support him to drop that support so as they are free to back any other candidate who wants to enter the race.

3. #AFGHANISTAN A number of explosions have rocked a district of Kabul where a number of high-profile embassies, including that of the US, are located. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.

4. #DEPRIVATION Almost one-in-three children in Ireland are going without one or more of the basic necessities according to research by Barnardos and St Vincent de Paul. These necessities include things such as a warm coat in winter, a bed and bedding of their own, and three balanced meals a day.

5. #ROALD DAHL The family of the late children’s author Roald Dahl are campaigning to preserve the 50-year-old hut where many of his best-selling books were written. Dahl’s granddaughter, the model Sophie Dahl, is spearheading the campaign to raise over half-a-million euro but it hasn’t gone down well with everyone.

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Hugh O'Connell

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