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

EACH WEEKDAY EVENING, brings you five things you need to know before you head out the door…

1. #SAVE THE DATE: Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore has confirmed the date of the referendum on the EU Fiscal Compact – it will be on Thursday, 31 May. We have compiled a layman’s terms guide to the compact here.

2. #MAHON: There have been two more resignations from the Fianna Fáil party in the fallout from the Mahon Tribunal’s final report. Former TD GV Wright and former councillor Don Lydon resigned this afternoon. Both were found to have received corrupt payments.

3. #PROMISSORY NOTES: Central Bank governor Patrick Honohan has said he believes a deal on the €3.1 billion promissory notes is likely be agreed before the 31 March deadline. Honohan told an Oireachtas committee this afternoon that an alternative long term bond would be a “major step forward”.

4. #NI HAO: Taoiseach Enda Kenny, visiting Beijing, has been listing reasons why Chinese people like to come to Ireland. Here they are.

5. #JOYS OF SPRING: We realise it’s been a heavy news day – so take some inspiration from these cows, dancing as they are released into the fields after a winter spent indoors. Yes, dancing.

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