Readers like you keep news free for everyone.

More than 5,000 readers have already pitched in to keep free access to The Journal.

For the price of one cup of coffee each week you can help keep paywalls away.

Support us today
Not now

The 5 at 5: Friday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

EACH WEEKDAY EVENING, brings you five things you should know before you head off for the evening.

1. #EUROZONE We have a deal and it is hoped it will solve all the uncertainty over Europe and the single currency. The UK is not involved after David Cameron invoked his veto. But what will the new fiscal integration mean for Ireland? And if there’s a referendum to be held on the changes that have been outlined today, which way will you be voting?

2. #FARE INCREASE Commuters who use Bus Éireann, Dublin Bus, DART, and Luas services will not be pleased to hear that fares are going up in the New Year. Dublin Bus passengers will be worst affected with prices to rise by as much as 15 per cent. Here’s all the details.

3. #FITZPATRICK Seán FitzPatrick, the former chief executive and chairman of the now defunct Anglo Irish Bank has been arrested this morning. and is currently being held at Bray Garda station as part of an ongoing investigation into alleged irregularities in Irish banks.

4. #CLOSED The High Court has ordered that the Ivory Tower restaurant in Cork to be shut immediately. Earlier the head chef at the restaurant, Seamus O’Connell, said he would continue to remain open despite being served with a closure order by the Food Safety Authority at the start of the month.

5. #NOT SAIPAN We all have unhappy memories of the build-up to the Republic of Ireland’s last major tournament in 2002 and THAT spat between Mick McCarthy and Roy Keane on a Japanese island. It may be one small mercy that Ireland’s Euro 2012 base in Poland is unpronounceable. Trap’s lads will be in the Gdynia and our colleagues over at have been finding out more about the coastal city.

Making a difference

A mix of advertising and supporting contributions helps keep paywalls away from valuable information like this article.

Over 5,000 readers like you have already stepped up and support us with a monthly payment or a once-off donation.

For the price of one cup of coffee each week you can make sure we can keep reliable, meaningful news open to everyone regardless of their ability to pay.

About the author:

Hugh O'Connell

Read next: