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The 5 at 5: Friday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

Image: See-ming Lee via Flickr

EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, brings you five things you need to know before you head for the door…

1. #MASSEREENE A court in Antrim has found one man guilty, and another man not guilty, of the murder of two British soldiers at the Massereene barracks in 2009. Brian Shivers was convicted but Colin Duffy – who had already been charged twice with murder – was acquitted because the judge said not enough evidence had been provided.

2. #REFERENDUM: Eamon Gilmore has denied suggestions that Ireland is deliberately trying to avoid a referendum on the new EU treaty. Speaking at an Oireachtas committee meeting, Gilmore insisted that Ireland’s only goal was to ensure a good deal both for itself and the eurozone. The latest draft of the treaty drops the requirement for a constitutional ‘debt brake’ – which may avoid a treaty.

3. #GENDER QUOTAS: Enda Kenny has acknowledged that Ireland’s political system has failed to provide higher numbers of female TDs. At a conference in Dublin, the Taoiseach said that while gender quotas will not be enforced by the 2014 local elections, they would be adopted before the next general election.

4. #IKEA: The Celtic Tiger-era obsession with flat-pack furniture around the world seems to remain in good fettle. The IKEA group has announced a 10 per cent increase in profits… to a whopping €2.9 billion. The group sold €24.7 billion of furniture last year.

5. #MONKEY: Scientists in Indonesia have “rediscovered” a large grey monkey which was so rare that they actually thought it to be extinct. The Miller’s Grizzled Langur was found in an area far beyond its ‘home’ territory.

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Gavan Reilly

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