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Dublin: 11 °C Sunday 17 February, 2019

The 5 at 5: Thursday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

Yes. It's an old Greek drachma note...
Yes. It's an old Greek drachma note...
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EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, brings you five things you really should know before heading out the door…

1. #GREECE: As Greece teeters on the edge of the eurozone, its prime minister George Papandreou has told his parliament that they must come to a consensus on accepting the second EU bailout – but says that any referendum would not question his country’s participation in a single currency. Our reporters Michael Freeman and Christine Bohan have been investigating IF Greece could legally forced out of the eurozone – and WHAT would happen if they were.

2. #CUT: The new head of the European Central Bank Mario Draghi has led his first meeting of the institution – and surprised everyone by cutting the main ECB interest rate to 1.25 per cent.

3. #AVIVA: Workers at the insurance company have voted in favour of industrial action if their jobs are threatened or relocation measures are undertaken without their agreement. The company recently announced it would have to cut 950 jobs.

4. #JUNIOR CERT: The Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn has approved major changes to what is currently known as the Junior Cert – with more school-based assessment taking precedence over exams and a range of ‘short course’ options.

5. #GLEE: An Irish character called Rory Flanagan – played by Derry lad Damien McGinty – is to appear on hit show Glee in the US tonight (and on SkyOne here). He will be referred to as ‘Rory Leprechaun’, wear a green hat, promise a fellow student to show her his “pot o’ gold” and sing ‘It Ain’t Easy Bein’ Green’. We WISH we were joking.

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