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The 5 at 5: Monday

5 stories, 5 minutes, 5 o’clock…
Jul 23rd 2012, 4:40 PM 8,113 9

EACH WEEKDAY EVENING, brings you five things you need to know before you head out the door.

1. #ANGLO: Willie McAteer, the former Finance Director at the now-defunct Anglo Irish Bank, has been charged in connection with alleged financial irregularities at the Courts of Criminal Justice in Dublin this afternoon. He faces 16 charges under section 60 of the Companies Act, including giving loans to Patricia Quinn, her five adult children, and the so-called the ‘Maple 10′ for the purpose of allowing them to buy shares in the bank.

A second man in his 50s, who RTÉ reports is former head of Anglo’s Irish operations Pat Whelan, has also been arrested in connection with the investigation and is currently being held at Bridewell Garda Station.

2. #EUROZONE: The International Monetary Fund has today refused to deny a report by German news magazine Der Spiegel that it is preparing to cut funding to Greece after the eurozone’s new permanent bailout fund is set up in two week’s time. Der Spiegel’s report suggested that once the European Financial Stability Facility was replaced by the European Stability Mechanism, the IMF would withdraw from participation in the EU-IMF Troika.

3. #HOUSEHOLD CHARGE: The Local Government Management Agency is preparing to send out a second round of letters to householders regarding the Household Charge payment from 7 August.  A third letter – which warns of court action if the charge is not paid within a given timeframe – is due to be sent from 10 September.

4. #RACISM: More than a quarter of civil servants have seen a colleague making a racist comment about a client or customer, according to a new survey carried out by the Public Service Executive Union. A further 6.8 per cent of respondents said had witnessed a client of their department being subjected to direct racist remarks or behaviour.

5. #LONDON 2012: BBC bosses have issued an apology after receiving complaints over a comment made about Irish people by British Olympic legend Daley Thompson on The One Show last week.

Referring to the misspelled tattoo of one Olympic torch bearer (which reads ‘Oylmpic torch bearer’) Thompson, 53, quipped the person in question must be Irish. “Thompson comments about this were clearly meant as a joke but we apologise if any offence was caused; it certainly wasn’t our intention,” the BBC said.

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