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The 5 at 5: Friday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

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

1. #HORSEMEAT BirdsEye has recalled some of its products containing beef as a ‘precautionary measure’ after tests showed that its chilli con carne contained horse DNA. Meanwhile, Tesco has said their products are free from horsemeat, and they will continue to carry out food tests to ensure this issue never happens again.

2. #OSCAR PISTORIUS Oscar Pistorius has been granted bail by a South African court today. The decision from Magistrate Desmond Nair came following a two-hour statement and was met with shouts of ‘Yes’ from the Pistorius family and supporters. His family said afterwards they were “relieved but still very sad”.

3. #GARDAÍ Members of the Garda Representative Association (GRA) have said they are ‘turning off the goodwill tap’ today in protest at proposed cuts to their pay. Meanwhile the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (AGSI) has confirmed its members will also start ‘work to rule’ starting today. A statement from Minister Alan Shatter said that he is concerned a protest yesterday by members of the GRA executive “could discredit the Force in the eyes of many people”.

4. #RECOVERED An abandoned Russian cruise ship, the Lyubov Orlova, has been found 1,300 miles off Ireland. The empty ship was being delivered from Canada to a scrap yard two months ago when it broke free from a towing line. It was not seen again until this week.

5. #YOUTH DEFENCE Pro-life group Youth Defence has condemned an attack on its office, where photos and news clippings were stuck to their building with faeces, as ‘grotesque and vile’. The incident happened late on Tuesday night and is being investigated by gardaí. A Youth Defence spokesperson blamed abortion campaigners for the attack.

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