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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. #CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL: Taoiseach Enda Kenny has denied that the government or any minister has commissioned a new report to assess potential sites for the National Children’s Hospital, despite media reports to the contrary. The Taoiseach told the Dáil the government plans to make a decision on a site for the long-awaited hospital within the next two weeks.

2. #BAILOUT: Newly-released letters show for the first time the correspondence between Brian Lenihan and the European Central Bank as the then-Minister for Finance  formally requested a bailout for Ireland and explained his reasons why it was necessary.

3. #LEAK: Around 20 people have been hospitalised after an unidentified gas leaked at a Dublin City Council building on the southside of Dublin.

4. #NAMA: The CEO of NAMA Brendan McDonagh has said the agency was “angry and disappointed” over the alleged removal of confidential data by an employee, who went on to buy a house from a NAMA debtor. McDonagh said the action had put the reputation of the agency at risk.

5. #SHAKE-UP: George Lee and Claire Byrne are set to join flagship RTÉ current affairs programme Prime Time as part of a shake-up of the station’s news programmes announced this afternoon. The station is to bring back in-depth investigative programmes and introduce a new morning news programme on RTÉ One as part of the changes.

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