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

EACH WEEKDAY EVENING, brings you five things you need to know before you head out the door.

1. #CREDIT CARDS: Bank of Ireland announced today that it is increasing the variable interest rate applied on its credit cards by between 0.7 and 4 per cent, just a week before Christmas. Taoiseach Enda Kenny told the Dáil that he “doesn’t like” this decision.

2. #LABOUR: The Labour Party spokesperson on Transport, Tourism and Sport, Senator James Heffernan resigned his party whip today. This follows expectations that he planned to vote against the Government on child benefit and the respite care grant in the Budget.

3. #MOTOR TAX: Fine Gael Senator Fidelma Healy Eames was fined €1,850 in Galway District Court today for driving without car tax. The judge said the Senator should be able to pay her tax as she receives a good wage from the State

4. #SAVITA: HIQA has revealed details of a 12 member team to investigate the circumstances of the death of Savita Halappanavar in Galway two months ago. The team will be led by a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist from the Ulster Hospital in Belfast.

5. #SEPTIC TANKS: Ireland has been fined €2 million by the European Court of Justice over its failure to bring in an adequate and timely regime of septic tank inspections. It was fined a further €1.5 million over a breach of other EU rules regarding environmental assessment impacts.

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