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Sunday 3 December 2023 Dublin: 0°C

The 5 at 5 5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

EACH WEEKDAY EVENING, brings you five things you should know before you head out the door.

1. #APOSTOLIC VISITATION: A Vatican appointed panel has recommended reforms to the Catholic Church in the wake of the child abuse scandals. The summary of findings published today includes ideas to restrict admission to seminaries and the restructuring of the 26 dioceses across the State. The findings have been welcomed by Cardinal Seán Brady. We’ve been asking do you think there is a renewed sense of hope in the wake of the findings?

2. #BIG FELLA: Irish revolutionary Michael Collins is the second biggest enemy of Britain according to an online poll currently being run on the British National Army Museum website . The former War of Independence leader, who controversially brokered the Anglo-Irish Treaty, is second only to Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the first president of Turkey, but well ahead of third-placed Nazi field marshal Erwin Rommel.

3. #TRAYVON The US Department of Justice is investigating the death of a 17-year-0ld who was shot dead by a man on neighbourhood patrol last month. George Zimmerman claims that Trayvon Martin attacked him and that he fired in self-defence on the night of 26 February in Sanford, Florida but there have been calls for his arrest and a full investigation into the unarmed teenager’s death.

4. #EARHART: Plans are being made to open a new search for the plane of missing aviator Amelia Earhart and her navigator nearly 75 years after their mysterious disappearance in the South Pacific as they attempted the longest circumnavigation of the globe. The news has been welcomed by, among others, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

5. #JIM STYNES: The Dublin-born Aussie Rules legend Jim Stynes will receive a state funeral in his adopted home of Victoria, Australia it was confirmed today as tributes to the 45-year-old have flowed in Ireland and Australia. Stynes was one of the pioneers of the Australian Football League’s ‘Irish Experiment’ in the 80s and went on to become one of the game’s best players.

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