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Tuesday 31 January 2023 Dublin: 7°C
The 5 at 5 5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

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

1. #MARRIAGE: The organisation which advocates for legalisation of gay marriage, Marriage Equality, has said that “inequality has no place in modern Ireland” in response to comments Cardinal Seán Brady made about the issue to RTÉ yesterday in which he said that the union between a man and a woman was the “most favourable position in which children can be reared”.

2. #MICK WALLACE: The new Director of Corporate Enforcement could theoretically investigate the independent TD Mick Wallace over his company’s VAT settlement of €1.4 million with the Revenue as it was revealed today that the outgoing corporate watchdog, Paul Appleby, has ruled out investigating the matter. The matter, which Appleby said was one for the Revenue Commissioners, could be taken up by his successor, the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement said today.

3. #SYRIA: There have been a number of developments in the ongoing civil war in Syria as rebels today claimed to have shot down a military helicopter over the capital Damascus. Meanwhile, junior foreign minister Joe Costello has announced some €2 million in funding for refugees of the Syrian war who are based at a camp in Jordan which he has been visiting today. We’ve also being looking at some of the Syrian rebels who have taken up arms against the regime of Bashar Assad including a butcher, a barber, and a policeman.

4. #CAR CLUB: Commuters will soon be able to rent cars in Dublin just like they rent bikes under a new scheme being championed by the Fine Gael TD Eoghan Murphy. The Department of Transport is now bringing forward legislation next year which would see local authorities tasked with setting up a system where people will be able to rent cars on a pay-as-you-go basis.

5. #ESSEX LION: The search for the elusive ‘Essex lion’ has been called off by police in England. Local residents in the St Oysth area in Essez raised the alarm yesterday evening after sightings of a ‘lion’ with police launching a widespread search for the animal but authorities are now saying that the animal was a “large domestic cat or wild cat”. Twitter was in a frenzy over the search for the #EssexLion for much of yesterday evening and today.

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