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Wednesday 27 September 2023 Dublin: 13°C
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. #BUDGET 2013: Michael Noonan has said he hopes a deal on restructuring Ireland’s promissory note payments before December – as it would have a significant impact on the shape of the next Budget. Noonan was speaking outside a meeting of Eurozone finance ministers this evening, where the new ESM fund is being formally inaugurated.

2. #COURTS: Three former executives of Anglo Irish Bank have appeared in court charged with 16 counts of providing unlawful financial assistance to investors in buying the bank’s shares. The cases of Seán FitzPatrick, Willie McAteer and Pat Whelan have all been sent forward for trial at the Circuit Criminal Court. Here’s the scenes as they left court today.

3. #ABUSE: The Bishop of Clonfert, Dr John Kirby, has denied a newspaper report saying he knew that a priest in his diocese had continued to abuse children subsequent to the bishop learning of his behaviour. “I have neither knowledge nor suspicion that ‘Priest A’ abused a child in either of the parishes of Kiltormer or Creagh subsequent to October 1990,” Kirby said.

4. #APRIL JONES: The 46-year-old man suspected of murdering April Jones has appeared in court in connection with the charges. Mark Bridger appeared “tearful” during his appearance in court, where he was remanded in custody to appear in another court on Wednesday. Police say there is sufficient evidence to bring Bridger to court, despite there being no sign of the 5-year-old who went missing one week ago this evening. Separately, a 19-year-old has been jailed for three months over comments posted about the missing girl on Facebook.

5. #NOBEL PRIZE: Two pioneers in stem cell research have been jointly awarded the Nobel Prize for medicine, for their work in changing adult cells back into stem cells, which can then be transformed into any other type of cell. John Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka were said to have “revolutionised our understanding of how cells and organisms develop”.

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