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Saturday 4 February 2023 Dublin: 10°C
The 5 at 5 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. #ATTACK: Sinn Féin has condemned an attack in which a petrol bomb was thrown into the constituency office of Dublin South Central TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh. No-one was injured in the incident, which caused smoke damage to the building on Ballyfermot Road in Dublin 10. Ó Snodaigh said the “mindless attack” could have endangered the lives of people working in the building.

2. #NEW DEAL: New hospital consultants will face a 30 per cent pay cut in their starting salaries under an agreement reached today on working practices and hours. The new deal also means all consultants may now work weekends for the first time and can also work at night. Minister for Health James Reilly has said that the changes to how how consultants work could save around €200 million per year.

3. #CRYSTAL METH: The Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland has warned the country’s chemists to look out for people making unusual or suspicious requests for cough syrup – which, the PSI says, can be used to make crystal meth. The organisation warned pharmacists to be vigilant about people buying products containing the pseudoephedrine agent which can be used to make the dangerous and highly addictive drug.

4. #TOPLESS PICS: An Italian magazine owned by Silvio Berlusconi has published photographs of the Duchess of Cambridge topless, despite the risk of legal action. Lawyers for Prince William and Kate Middleton today lodged a criminal complaint in France over the publication of the images in Closer magazine. Separately, Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte has said that closing the Irish Daily Star after it reprinted the photographs would be “nonsense” and ” a completely disproportionate response”.

5. #ABORTION: The number of women seeking post-abortion care from the Irish Family Planning Association jumped by 85 per cent last year to more than 1,400. The IFPA also said it had seen a reduction in the number of women looking for emergency contraception since the morning-after pill was made available over the counter at pharmacies.

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