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The 5 at 5 5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

EVERY EVENING, brings you the five big news stories you need to know before you head out the door.

1. #MIGRANT CRISIS: Five people have been arrested in Italy in connection with the death by drowning of more than 200 migrants earlier this week. The five are accused of human trafficking and multiple homicide charges.

2. #HOMELESS: Father Peter McVerry has called for more action to be taken to combat Dublin’s homelessness crisis. It follows the news that a woman and her three children had to spend the night in an industrial unit because a credit card used by Dublin City Council’s homeless service was maxed out.

3. #WAITING ROOM: Cork University Hospital is asking patients to only attend its emergency department as a last resort as it battles serious delays. The HSE says the emergency department has been ‘exceptionally busy’ in recent days.

4. #WHAT ARE THE ODDS: The National Lottery is to introduce charges next month that will see the cost of playing increase. The new plan will also see two extra numbers added to the selection grid, lengthening the odds for winning the jackpot.

5. #ALLEGATIONS: US comedian and actor Bill Cosby has been ordered to testify under oath in response to accusations from a woman who said he drugged and sexually abused her when she was a minor.

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