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The 5 at 5: Wednesday

5 stories, 5 minutes, 5 o’clock…

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EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING,TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know about before you head out the door…

1. #JOBSWATCH: Major international pharmaceutical company Mylan announced today that it is to create more than 500 new jobs in Dublin and Galway over the next four years.

The company, which is to invest up to €76 million per year in its Irish business, says that the positions will be in its R&D and manufacturing capabilities within the company’s respiratory, injectibles and oral solids franchises.

2. #PRIORY HALL: Residents from the Priory Hall apartment complex secured an ad hoc meeting with the Taoiseach Enda Kenny this afternoon, but left frustrated at what they say was the Taoiseach’s failure to make any firm commitments to help them.

One resident told TheJournal.ie that Kenny agreed to hold a more formal meeting with the residents – but not before 24 April when the Supreme Court is expected to rule on Dublin City Council’s appeal over the costs of rehousing the residents. Residents say they face financial turmoil if they are forced to pay for both their new accommodation and their Priory Hall mortgages.

3. #SEPTIC TANKS: The Department of the Environment has admitted that the mandatory registration of septic charges will be delayed for an unspecified amount of time.

The Department explained there had been a delay in setting up the registration system for domestic waste water systems and septic tanks, as was required under legislation approved by the Dáil earlier this year, resulting in the unspecified delay.

4. #SOCIAL HOUSING: Private financing could help to ease waiting lists for social rented housing in Ireland, according to a new report by Clúid Housing Association

The report looked at how the UK and Canada successfully employ a private finance model and identified some of the key measures that would help to make private finance work in Ireland. Minister for Housing and Planning, Jan O’Sullivan said private funding could potentially develop a “stronger, more sustainable funding base for social housing”.

5. #SOS: An emergency controller with the HSE in Dublin has been nominated for an EU award for his role in securing the rescue of an injured Irishman stranded in Greenland last May.

Will Carolan took a call by a man whose son was stranded in subzero temperatures in a remote area in Greenland – and who was unable to reach local authorities by satellite phone. Carolan liaised with emergency services in Ireland, who in turn managed to get a rescue team organised in Greenland – ultimately saving the stranded man.

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