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The 5 at 5: Thursday

5 stories, 5 minutes, 5 o’clock…

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EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie tells you the five things you need to know by 5pm.

1. #NOT DOING IT: The Taoiseach has ruled out the possibility of a televised head-to-head debate about Fiscal Compact Referendum with Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams on TV3 – saying that refuses to appear on any programme hosted by Vincent Browne.

Enda Kenny has previously turned down a chance to appear on debates moderated by Browne citing comments the veteran broadcaster made about him in relation to suicide, which Browne later apologised for.

2. #CRISIS PREGNANCIES: A major new study by the HSE Crisis Pregnancy Programme with the Royal College of Surgeons has shown that about 13 per cent of pregnancies in Ireland are described as a “crisis”.

For both the women and men surveyed, the main reasons for categorising a pregnancy as a crisis one is they were “too young” or it was “not planned”. The use of alcohol and drugs at the time of conception was not cited as often during this survey as in the previous study (2003).

3. #INFLATION: Consumer prices have increased by 1.9 per cent in the year to the end of April, newly released figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show. The most notable changes in the year were increases related to education (+9.4 per cent), transport (+5.7 per cent), miscellaneous goods and services (+4.1 per cent), and alcoholic beverages and tobacco (+3.2 per cent).

4. #AROUSAL: It all got a bit risqué in the Dáil earlier today, with the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore and Richard Boyd-Barrett sparring over the Fiscal Compact and… um, festishes.

Gilmore suggested that the current turmoil in Greece was a “cause for arousal” for Boyd-Barrett – before the People Before Profit TD responded that the Tánaiste had a “fetish for interesting vocabulary such as orgies and arousal”.

Ooh-er!

5. #ABBEVILLE: The former home of ex-taoiseach Charles Haughey has gone on sale today – for a cool €7.5 million.

The Georgian mansion situated close to Kinsealy boasts 14 bedrooms, 6 reception rooms and a private bar – naturally – across 14,600 sq ft, and located on 247 acres of park and woodland. Check out the pictures here.

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