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The 5 at 5 5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

EACH WEEKDAY EVENING, brings you five things you should know before you head out the door…

1. #MAHON: The findings of the Mahon tribunal’s inquiry into planning matters will be passed to the Gardaí and the Director of Public Prosecutions following the publication of its final report this morning. Its findings are particularly damning for former taoiseach Bertie Ahern with the tribunal rejecting much of the sworn evidence Ahern gave about lodgements made to his bank account in the 1990s.

2. #MAHON: Ahern has not yet made a public statement in relation to the findings although his spokesperson said earlier that he would be. There is growing speculation that Ahern will be expelled from the Fianna Fáil party following the publication of the report. His former Fianna Fáil colleagues Padraig FlynnLiam Lawlor and Frank Dunlop were also found to have acted in a corrupt manner.

3. #RECESSION: Ireland has technically fallen back into recession, according to the latest figures from the CSO which were published this morning. Gross Domestic Product fell by 0.2 per cent during the final quarter of 2011, following on from a 1.1 per cent drop in the third quarter – these two quarters of falling output mean that Ireland is now in recession.

4. #FRANCE: The gunman who killed seven people in the French city of Toulouse has been shot dead by a police sniper following a 32-hour siege in the city which ended this morning after police commandos stoemed the flat where Mohammeed Merah had been holed-up. The 23-year-old was shot in the head as he tried to flee, prosecutors have said. They’ve also revealed other details about the dead man’s shooting spree.

5. #HEALY-RAE: The independent TD Michael Healy-Rae wants a mystery noise in Killarney investigated. Healy-Rae has called for an investigation after receiving numerous reports of a strange noise which has been heard in the Glencuttane Lower, in Beaufort, Killarney since April 2011.

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