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Take 5: Tuesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

Image: Howard Dickins via Flickr

EACH WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you five things we think you should know before you head out the door…

1. #RACE FOR THE ÁRAS: Dana Rosemary Scallon is now officially a presidential candidate after Offaly became the fourth council to offer its support this afternoon. Earlier, Scallon picked up backing from Donegal county council to add to the motions of support from Roscommon and Carlow.

- David Norris is currently just one nomination away from securing a place on the ballot, with three councils having backed the Independent Senator. Waterford City Council voted to support Norris earlier today after Cork county had rejected a similar motion.

- Meanwhile, Seán Gallagher has pledged to run a poster-free campaign for the Áras – at least as far as lampposts are concerned. However, it seems that his commitment may not extend to shop windows…

2. #TERESA TREACY: A standoff has developed on the land of 65-year-old Teresa Treacy near Tullamore. Protesters are said to be blocking ESB and Éirgrid staff from accessing Ms Treacy’s property to begin installing overhead power lines, after she was jailed last week for refusing to abide by a court order allowing the work to take place.

3. #RIHANNA: The pop superstar was forced to change her plans yesterday when an irritated DUP councillor – on whose land Rihanna was filming a scantily-clad music video – ordered her to put her clothes back on. Alderman Alan Graham told one reporter that he felt the singer’s attire was “unacceptable”.

4. #SHANGHAI: At least 210 people have been injured after two subway trains collided in a tunnel underneath Shanghai. Videos and graphic photographs have emerged of the aftermath of the crash, which appears to have taken place after one train broke down and stopped on the line.

5. #YES MAN? There have been suggestions that trader Alessio Rastani who appeared on the BBC predicting that millions of people’s savings could be wiped out may in fact have been part of an elaborate hoax by culture jamming group The Yes Men. We’ve been weighing up the evidence on both sides of the debate…

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