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5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…
Nov 30th 2011, 4:44 PM 3,857 8

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

1. #RAPHOE A report into child sex abuse in the Catholic diocese of Raphoe in Co Donegal has found there were significant errors in the way bishops dealt with reports of abuse being carried out by priests. The Bishop of Raphoe described the abuse committed against children in the diocese as “horrific”.

2. #ECONOMY Major Central Banks around the world have taken coordinated action to enhance the ability of financial institutions to get dollars if they need them in a move which has pleased the global markets. Elsewhere, the Taoiseach Enda Kenny has told the Dáil today that he has an answer to the euro crisis. But what is it?

3. #STATE OF THE NATION Meanwhile it is still unclear as to when the Taoiseach will be giving his state of the nation address and whether or not it will even be before the budget. Kenny told the Fine Gael party recently that he would address the nation on live television before the budget but no date has been fixed for the speech with it less than week away.

4. #CONTROVERSY The head of the Italian Players’ Association Damiano Tommasi has said that homosexual footballers should not come out as it would cause difficulty and embarrassment in the dressing rooms. Homosexuality in sport is still considered taboo with few professional sportsmen willing to come out.

5. #PROTEST Nine students were arrested in Galway city this morning after they occupied the constituency office of a Fine Gael TD. Students from the FEE campaign group got on the roof of Galway West TD Brian Walsh’s office to protest against any possible reintroduction of third-level fees.

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