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Dublin: 3 °C Saturday 29 February, 2020

The 5 at 5: Monday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

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

1. #DENIAL: As Italy’s 10-year bonds hit record levels today, Silvio Berlusconi has taken to Facebook to deny rumours he intends to resign. He is expected to face two key votes tomorrow, one regarding the budget and the other concerning a confidence motion on his position.

2. #RICH TAX: New figures show that just five people have paid taxes under the Domicile Levy introduced last year to target wealthy Irish tax exiles who earn over €1 million a year and have over €5 million in assets. Labour TD Gerald Nash says the levy has proven “totally ineffective”.

3. #DRINK PRICES: Minister for Justice Alan Shatter is calling for people to submit their views on the effectiveness of the voluntary code for the sale and display of alcohol. The minister, who just launched a report detailing how difference traders have adhered to the code, is preparing to review the code.

4. #BIN LADEN: A new book by former Navy SEAL commander Chuck Pfarrer has cleared up some of the misunderstandings that arose in the wake of the US raid which killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan earlier this year. Pfarrer interviewed members of the SEAL team behind the raid and says that bin Laden was referred to as ‘Bert’ while al Qaida’s  current leader Ayman al-Zawahiri was called ‘Ernie’.

5. #DILEMMA: And on a lighter note… has been asking for your help in deciding this terrible dilemma: how should you hang a toilet roll – with the hanging-down side facing the wall or facing outwards?

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