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The 5 at 5: Thursday

5 stories, 5 minutes, 5 o’clock.

Image: m.o.u.s via Creative Commons/Flickr

EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING,TheJournal.ie brings you the five things you should know by 5pm.

1. #TALLAGHT HOSPITAL: A report by the health watchdog HIQA regarding standards of car in Tallaght Hospital has concluded that the emergency department presents and “unacceptable” situation for patients.

The report, which strongly criticised hospital management, found that over 80 per cent of admitted patients in the emergency department were kept on a corridor beside the department for an average of 13 hour before being given a bed.

2. #DEBATE: The Today FM Last Word Europe debate is hosted by Matt Cooper is currently taking place at the Irish Life building in Dublin. TheJournal.ie is present and liveblogging the proceedings, so check it out the arguments for and against.

3. #MLADIC: The judge presiding over Ratko Mladic’s war crimes trial has indefinitely delayed the presentation of evidence due to “significant disclosure errors” by prosecutors in disclosing information to defence lawyers – who are obliged to share all their evidence with Mladic’s defence team.

The presentation of evidence was supposed to begin later this month – however Mladic’s lawyer has now asked for a six-month delay.

4. #MEASLES: The HSE South confirmed today that the measles outbreak in West Cork has spread to another six people, bringing the total number of people who have contracted the infectious disease to 31.

It is believed that none had been vaccinated against measles, and the HSE is encouraging parents to ensure children receive a vaccination against the “serious and potentially fatal illness”.

5. #SAVANT: A young Canadian girl has delivered speech to the Public Banking Institute, explaining how the country’s banking system is creating unsustainable debt – and presenting a new approach to banking, which she says will lead to fairer taxation, economic growth, and a sharp reduction in the national debt.

Oh, by the way, she’s 12 years old.

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