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Sunday 24 September 2023 Dublin: 18°C
The 5 at 5 5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

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

1. #BONDHOLDERS: Protesters have occupied branches of AIB in protest at the bank repaying €1 billion in unsecured debt to senior bondholders. The money will bring to more than €18 billion the total amount paid to bondholders this year by Irish banks using money provided by the State. Stephen Donnelly TD has created these €1 billion notes with Michael Noonan’s face on them to highlight the issue.

2. #JILL MEAGHER: Police in Australia say Facebook has refused to take down a page containing potentially prejudicial comments about the man accused of murdering 29-year-old Jill Meagher. The chief commissioner of Victoria Police said the police may seek further legal advice on the issue after Facebook was approached to take down one particular page which contained offensive material about accused Adrian Ernest Bayley.

3. #ALLOWANCES: TDs and Senators received parliamentary allowances of €764,000 for August – despite neither the Dáil nor the Seanad sitting for the entire month. Records published show that just two members out of 226 – Labour TD Eamonn Maloney and NUI Senator John Crown – declined their travel expenses and allowances for August.

4. #COMMUNIONS: First communion ceremonies may see their biggest shake-up in decades under new plans published this afternoon by the Archdiocese of Dublin. The proposals would see Catholic children make their first communion at a regular Sunday Mass in order to avoid extravagance and expense.

5.#FRAUD: Two men have appeared in Naas District Court charged in connection with alleged fraud offences worth €8.8 million. The two, a former solicitor and one of his clients, will appear before the court again next month.

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