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Tuesday 5 December 2023 Dublin: 3°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. #GANGLAND CRIME: Justice Minister Alan Shatter has said Ireland’s criminal gangs should not expect to avail of the protection of the Gardaí. Speaking about the recent spate of gangland murders, Shatter said it was unrealistic to expect that Gardaí protect individuals “who are routinely trying to avoid the Garda so they can continue to engage in criminality”.

2. #LEAKED: Labour leader Eamon Gilmore has said that the “context” to Róisín Shortall’s resignation, which was discussed in a leaked confidential email from the chairman of the party, was the need to ensure government stability. Separately, the Tánaiste’s car was egged during a protest in Dublin earlier today.

3. #HOME HELP: The HSE has said it plans to cut €8 million from home help services in the next three months. The move, which will see around 450,000 hours of home help care cut, has been described as “chaotic and ham-fisted” by opposition politicians.

4. #DISAPPEARANCE: Police in Wales have arrested 46-year-old Mark Bridger on suspicion of the murder of 5-year-old April Jones.

5. #COVER BOY: Have you seen Enda Kenny on the cover of TIME magazine yet? The Taoiseach appears under the headline “The Celtic Comeback” with a front page that says: “Prime Minister Enda Kenny is rebuilding his country’s economy. What the rest of Europe can learn from him”.

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