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The 5 at 5 5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, brings you the five stories you need to know before you head out the door.

1. #EXPENSES: The state has paid out over €83,000 this year to four former taoisigh in expenses for secretarial assistants, airport VIP services and mobile phone usage despite the expenses scheme being scrapped at the beginning of the year. The largest claimant in the scheme was Bertie Ahern who has received over €450,000 in entitlements since leaving office in 2008.

2. #CAR TAX: Third time…unlucky for Senator Fidelma Healy Eames after it came to light this week that her car was impounded for not having an in-date tax disc. Earlier this month the Senator was involved in a ticket dispute with Irish rail over a €100 fine for boarding a train without a ticket and she and her husband were also brought to court by a plumber who did work in their home.

3. #REMEMBERING MAEVE: The funeral of beloved author Maeve Binchy took place this morning in Dalkey with hundred of locals turning up to pay their respects. Local priest Fr William Stuart spoke of the author’s warm, infectious personality and the memories she has left with her community.

4. #LUAS LINK: An Bord Pleanála has granted a railway order for a new Luas line linking the two existing lines in Dublin. Construction on the new line, which will run past the new DIT campus site in Grangegorman, will not begin until funding has been confirmed

#MCD: Cllr Mary Fitzpatrick has called for a ban on MCD holding any similar events to the Swedish House Mafia concert in the Phoenix Park until they provide a full response to the Garda Commissioner’s report. Fitzpatrick said MCD was issued with an open invitation two weeks ago to the next Dublin Central joint policing committee meeting and told Newstalk this morning she was still waiting for a response.

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