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English National Ballet dancers launch the celebrity art auction as part of The Summer Party at The Orangery at Kensington Palace in London earlier this week.
English National Ballet dancers launch the celebrity art auction as part of The Summer Party at The Orangery at Kensington Palace in London earlier this week.
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The 5 at 5: Wednesday

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May 23rd 2012, 4:47 PM 3,651 3

EACH WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of all the day’s main news as well as the bits and pieces that you may have missed.

1. #ESM: A large majority of voters – 72 per cent – are in favour of a referendum on the European Stability Mechanism, the EU’s permanent bailout fund, which is to be ratified by the Dáil later this summer and to which Ireland will not have access to unless it ratifies the Fiscal Compact treaty next week. Meanwhile, Finance Minister Michael Noonan says the NTMA has said that Ireland will not return to the markets if it votes No in the referendum.

2. #MOTOR TAX: Reforms to Ireland’s taxation system will mean that drivers will no longer be to retrospectively declare that their cars were off the road when they are renewing their tax. Environment Minister Phil Hogan is targeting a loophole which allows motorists to claim they have taken their car off the roads when they have not and continue to use it.

3. #AUCTION: The Merlin property action in Dublin saw some emotional scenes yesterday as a woman announced to bidders that she was there to buy back her brother’s house. Orla Mulvey did just that as she secured the five-bed detached house in Castlepollard, Co Westmeath that had been repossessed by the bank.

4. #ABORTION: A woman in the north of England died after she drank industrial strength vinegar in an attempt to carry out an abortion. Catherine Furey, 38 and a mother-of-five, had reportedly researched the method online.

5. #FRAUD: Finally, a man who dressed up as his mother in order to claim her Social Security benefits in the United States has gone to jail. Thomas Parkin was convicted of charges including grand larceny and mortgage fraud and has been sentenced to at least 13 years in prison at a court in New York.

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