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The 5 at 5: Wednesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

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

1. #ABORTION A man has gone to the High Court because of his fear that his pregnant girlfriend is being forced by her family to travel abroad for an abortion against her will. The court heard today that he does not wish to stop the woman travelling for a termination if she is not under duress. The case was adjourned until Friday to allow for the woman to receive legal advice.

2. #SEANAD Senators have voted against a proposed amendment to the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013 that would have allowed for termination in the case of fatal foetal abnormalities, rape, incest and inevitable miscarriage. The amendment was defeated by 42 votes to 10.

3. #GAY MARRIAGE Britain has legalised gay marriage. The legislation is expected to receive official assent from Queen Elizabeth II later this week. Government computer systems will need to be updated to allow the marriages to be registered.

4. #MAGDALENES The Taoiseach has said that religious orders should reflect on making a monetary contribution to the compensation scheme for Magdalene Laundry women. However, he said that he could not “force” them into making a contribution.

5. #INDUSTRIAL ACTION Workers at the publicly-funded government print facility in Kildare House have said they will go on strike from this evening. According to Deputy Clare Daly, the workers were told yesterday that their core pay was being reduced without prior discussion. The workers said they have engaged in discussions with management to try and resolve the dispute.

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