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

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

1. #GANGLAND: Justice Minister Alan Shatter has strongly condemned the perpetrators of the two separate gangland killings which happened in Laois and Dublin in the last 24 hours. Shatter said that the killers lacked “humanity or decency” and said that the government and Gardaí are united in “counteracting this evil menace in our society”.

2. #MISSING: Police in Melbourne have searched the home of missing Irish woman Jill Meagher who has not been seen since Saturday morning. ABC News reports that forensic police and homicide detectives carried out two searches of the apartment today and left with at least six large sealed bags. Police have said that the search was a routine part of the investigation.

3. #STRIKE ACTION: The Dublin Airport Authority is to seek a High Court injunction to prevent industrial action by staff planned for next Monday from going ahead.  The DAA has said that operations at Dublin, Cork and Shannon airports would be affected and said it will explore every option available to avert disruptions. SIPTU has said it is members are disappointed and frustrated at the DAA for aggravating the situation.

4. #CONGRATULATIONS: Two schoolboys from Synge Street CBS in Dublin who won this year’s BT Young Scientist contest have shared the top prize at the EU-wide parent contest. Eric Doyle and Mark Kelly’s project on the ‘many-body problem’, which involved formulating new algorithims to predict how items move in particular scenarios, tied for first place at the EU Contest for Young Scientists in Slovakia today.

5. #BAD WEATHER: Met Éireann has warned that counties in the east and north of the country may by hit by flooding this evening as heavy rain and strong winds persist for the second day. Dublin City Council has issued a rainfall warning after dealing with almost 100 localised road flooding incidents so far today, and several roads have closed in Fingal after major local flooding in some areas.

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