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The 5 at 5: Thursday

5 stories, 5 minutes, 5 o’clock.

As the Queen gets ready to celebrate her diamond jubilee, here are the five special stamps issued for her 50 year-reign.
As the Queen gets ready to celebrate her diamond jubilee, here are the five special stamps issued for her 50 year-reign.
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EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you up to speed with the five things you should know as you head out the door.

1. #UNLAWFUL ARREST: The Independent TD Mick Wallace has said he was the victim of an unlawful arrest. At a press conference earlier, Wallace was quizzed about being arrested for directing traffic while working on a construction site in Dublin in September 2000 and a subsequent settlement that was reported in the Irish Independent recently. In a heated exchange, Wallace said the story was false, he did not break any law but that he was not permitted to talk about the case as there is a “pending legal battle on it”.

2. #APRIL JONES: Mark Bridger has been found guilty today of abducting and murdering five-year-old girl April Jones. Bridger, 47, had denied murdering the girl, who vanished while playing near her home in the market town of Machynlleth last October.

3. #RE-OFFENDERS: Sixty-two per cent of people leaving Irish prisons re-offended within three years, with 80 per cent of that number committing a crime within the first year of their release. The Justice Minister Alan Shatter said that the figures showed that the state must develop a model of change, while Sinn Féin Justice spokesperson Pádraig Mac Lochlainn said the prison system was “not delivering across the board”.

4. #JOBBRIDGE: Sinn Féin’s Mary-Lou McDonald launched an attack on the government earlier over 30 positions for childcare interns advertised on JobBridge that say no experience is required. McDonald referenced an ad placed on the site by Giraffe, one of the creches featured in RTÉ’s recent programme which has since been removed.

5. #JOBS: A call centre which will deal with queries from customers about Irish Water is to create 400 jobs in Cork. The centre will be run by Abtran and will open in Bishopstown in July.

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