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The 5 at 5: Friday

5 stories, 5 minutes, 5 o’clock.

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EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING,TheJournal.ie brings you the five things you should know by 5pm.

1#CORRUPTION: Former Waterford Fine Gael town councillor Fred Forsey has been found guilty of accepting corrupt payments totalling more than €80,000.

Foresy had pleaded not guilty to six counts of accepting corrupt payments on three separate dates during 2006, relating to the rezoning of land near Dungarvan, Co Waterford. He has been remanded on bail for sentencing next Thursday, according to Newstalk.

2. #EUREF: Fine Gael’s director of elections Simon Coveney has today insisted that the Fiscal Treaty is a “one-off” and that no second vote will be held – whatever the result may be.

Speaking after comments made by jobs minister Richard Bruton yesterday, Coveney said: ”This isn’t like Nice and Lisbon. With Nice and Lisbon, for Europe to move forward every country needed to ratify. So there was a lot of pressure on Ireland,” he said.

3. #CRASH: A man and a woman have died after the motorcycle they were travelling on collided with a car on the Killala to Ballycastle Road in Mayo this afternoon. The driver of the car, the sole occupant, was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Gardaí are appealing to witnesses to come forward with information.

4. #RYANAIR: The airline appears to have made a quiet U-turn on its stated policy regarding checking-in with the airline this weekend – when an extended period of website downtime will mean passengers will be unable to check-in online.

Despite Ryanair spokesperson Stephen McNamara saying on Monday that “no exceptions” would be made for passengers who turn up to the airport without a boarding pass, emails sent to customers and seen by TheJournal.ie clearly state that passengers “who are unable to check-in online can check-in at the airport and will not be charged the airport check-in fee.”

5. #CULTURAL BOYCOTT: The Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore has criticised the pressure being placed on artists to comply with an unofficial “cultural boycott” on Israel, led by the Irish-Palestinian Solidarity Campaign.

Gilmore said the State was “firmly opposed” to any such boycott but that artists should be free to stake their own stance on the matter. He described the campaign to pressure the music group Dervish into abandoning an Israeli tour this year was “totally unacceptable”.

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