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Dublin: 12 °C Saturday 4 April, 2020

The 5 at 5: Tuesday

5 stories, 5 minutes, 5 o’clock…

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EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, brings you five things you need to know before 5 o’clock…

1. #QUINN: Former billionaire Seán Quinn has had his bankruptcy annulled by the Belfast High Court, following a successful challenge by the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (IBRC) which was formerly known as Anglo Irish Bank. Quinn filed for bankruptcy in November, claiming he had made huge losses on complex share investments with Anglo Irish. However, the court ruled in favour of IBRC, which argued that Quinn’s centre of main interest was in the Republic of Ireland and not in the North as the businessman.

2. #RIP: The journalist and documentary-maker Mary Raftery has died following an illness. The 54-year-old was heralded for her efforts in exposing the institutional abuse of the most vulnerable people in Irish society, including children and psychiatric patients. Raftery’s work is widely viewed as having led to the establishment of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse (the Ryan Report) and the Murphy Commission of Investigation into child sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of Dublin.

Andrew Madden, a clerical abuse victim who has campaigned for justice since the 1990s, paid tribute to Raftery in today, saying that she was a “fantastic investigative journalist (with an) instinctive desire to uncover the truth”.

3. #LEVESON: The British Prime Minister David Cameron may be called to give evidence to the UK’s judicial inquiry into the ethics and conduct of the press. Lord Justice Leveson is reportedly “99.9 per cent certain” to question Cameron, under oath, about his relationship with newspaper proprietors including Rupert Murdoch.

4. #DISAPPEARED: A court in the United States is set to rule in two weeks’ time on whether Boston College will be forced to release copies of interviews with former terrorists, including members of the IRA. The PSNI has requested the release of the interviews as part of its investigation into the 1972 murder of Jean McConville – the first of the IRA’s so-called ‘Disappeared’ victims.

5. #NO PANTS DAY: Would you ride the Luas in your underwear?

While the idea may make you a little squeamish, that certainly wasn’t the case for the 4,000 people in New York who turned out for the annual No Pants Subway Ride on Sunday… we have the pictures here.

The L Train, Brooklyn to Manhattan.

Image: Santiago Felipe

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