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The 5 at 5: Wednesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

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

1. #ANGLO: The final cost of winding down Anglo Irish Bank is likely to be around €25 billion, the chairman of IBRC Alan Dukes has told an Oireachtas committee. Previous estimates had put the figure at between €29 billion and €34 billion. Dukes and IBRC CEO Mike Aynsley also defended the salaries paid to executives at the bank following criticism from Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty, who questioned why Aynsley is being paid more than €500,000 per year

2. #INSURANCE: Justice Minister Alan Shatter has confirmed that ‘unisex’ insurance policies are to become mandatory in Ireland, following a ruling by the EU that gender can no longer be used as a criterion for calculating premiums.

3. #HOGAN: Environment Minister Phil Hogan has been criticised over a report that he raised a query about a Traveller family who were being housed in his constituency and asked if they had any dogs or horses. The Minister refused to comment on the report for legal reasons.

4. #SANDY: The north-eastern part of the United States is beginning to return to normal as a major clean-up operation gets underway after the superstorm Sandy. These photographs show the extent of the damage caused in some parts of the country with houses demolished, trees uprooted and high floodwaters in parts of New Jersey and New York.

5. #CHRIS BROWN: Dublin band The Original Rudeboys have turned down an invitation to be the support act for Chris Brown at his November concert in the O2 because of his assault on singer Rihanna. The group said it was a huge opportunity for them but that it would go against “everything we are about as a band” if they played the concert.

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