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The 5 at 5: Thursday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

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

1. #ACCOUNTING ERROR: The chair of the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee John McGuinness has harshly criticised an external inquiry into how Ireland’s government debt for 2010 was overstated by €3.6 billion as a “whitewash”. McGuinness also accused both the external report and the Department of Finance’s internal report of failing to adequately deal with the sequence of events leading to the error.

2. #WALLACE: Independent TD Mick Wallace has said that it is unlikely his company MJ Wallace Ltd will be able to repay a €2.1 million settlement reached with the Revenue Commissioners over undeclared VAT.  Wallace has been criticised by his Dáil Technical Group colleague Joan Collins TD: “No matter who it is, you have to pay your taxes,” Collins told TheJournal.ie this afternoon.

3. #APPEAL: Gardaí are appealing for assistance in identifying a man’s body which was pulled from the sea off the Cliffs of Moher in Co Clare on 22 May. The man, who gardaí say is white and approximately 30 years of age, may have travelled from Galway as a bus timetable for the Galway to Doolin route was found on his person.

4. #BATTERSEA: NAMA and Lloyds Banking Group are to sell London’s iconic Battersea Power Station to two Malaysian property development companies for £400 million. The 15-hectare site had been owned by Treasury Holdings.

5. #WILDLIFE: A pod of orca whales was filmed off the Donegal coast yesterday - here’s a video. Meanwhile, staff at a seal sanctuary in Dingle, Co Kerry turned up to work this morning to discover two seal heads nailed to the sanctuary’s sign alongside messages scrawled in red paint. Gardaí are investigating the incident.

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