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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. #MICHAELA: The trial of the two men for the murder of Michaela McAreavey in Mauritius last year has taken a major twist this afternoon after legal counsel for the defence withdrew from the case, citing ethical reasons and stating that he wished to testify as a witness himself to respond to allegations made against him and his client, Avinash Treebhoowoon.

2. #REFERENDUM: The broadcast moratorium has come into effect meaning if your tuning into the TV or radio for another great debate about the Fiscal Compact treaty you’re out of luck. Earlier, there were some interesting online ads ‘encouraging’ a yes vote, there were developments in the High Court and there was a last push for votes. If you’re still deciding how to vote, this might be helpful but if you’re after a referendum free zone, it’s right here.

3. #MORE MONEY: In a development not entirely unrelated to the referendum, the deputy governor of the Central Bank, Matthew Elderfield, has told a German newspaper that Ireland’s banks could need to raise a further €3bn – €4bn in the next five or six years because of international capital requirements.

4. #SEX WORKERS: The Sex Workers Alliance have expressed concern over a cross-border operation which saw more than 120 properties raided in the past 48 hours. The group said there seemed to be no attempt in the joint operation by the PSNI and Gardaí to distinguish between voluntary or independent workers and those who are controlled by others. But the Immigrant Council of Ireland welcomed the developments.

5. #EURO 2012: The European Championships are just over a week away and we’re getting excited but one man who isn’t is defender Kevin Foley who says he feels betrayed after his late axing from the final 23-man squad selected by Giovanni Trapattoni and his replacement Paul McShane acknowledged as much when he said that football is a “cruel sport sometimes”.

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