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The 5 at 5: Thursday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

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EACH WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you five things you should know before you head out the door…

1. #DUNDALK: Gardaí are continuing to investigate “all circumstances” surrounding the death of a woman in Louth yesterday. Local Sinn Féin councillor Kevin Meenan said people are “shocked” over the murder of the mother of three whose body was found at a house in Dundalk at around 3 am yesterday morning.

2. #RENT: The number of households in Ireland renting their accommodation has increased by 47 per cent since 2006 according to the Census 2011. Of the 583,148 homes which are owned through an existing mortgage or loan, more than 50,000 are headed by a person who is unemployed.

3. #BACKPACKING: The two Irish men who were injured in a vicious attack in Melbourne last weekend remain in serious condition in hospital. Detectives have charged a 31-year-old man in connection to the attack in which it is understood both men were hit several times with a hammer.

4. #RETIREMENT: Young people in Ireland are “delusional” about the amount of money they need to stash away in order to ensure a suitable retirement income, a national survey has found. Over a quarter of respondents said they would put away less than a tenth of their pay while just a sixth of people under 24 believed they would need their retirement income to be equivalent of 70 per cent of their working in come.

5. #BIG BROTHER: AXA Insurance has introduced a new ‘big brother’ style pilot scheme that monitors drivers’ movements, saving them money on their insurance. The programme is the first of its kind in the country and will be aimed initially at young drivers aged between 17 and 24 years who are looking for a policy in their own name or as a named driver on a parent’s policy.

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