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The 5 at 5: Wednesday

5 stories, 5 minutes, 5 o’clock.
Jan 30th 2013, 4:50 PM 6,492 2

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

1. #GARDA DEATH: The State funeral of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe has taken place in Co Louth. In a powerful sermon, Fr Michael Cusack addressed cuts to frontline services and called on anyone with information about Detective Donohoe’s death to come forward. His two brothers, Colm and Alan, said that they took some comfort from the fact that he had packed so much into his short life. Among today’s mourners was Ann McCabe, the widow of murdered Garda Jerry McCabe. The Irish League of Credit Unions has offered a €50,000 reward for information leading to the capture of those responsible for his murder.

2. #LONGFORD: An investigation has been launched into the death of two men who died yesterday when a wall collapsed on them at the Connacht Gold DIY and Garden Centre in Co Longford. The investigation is being carried out by the Health and Safety Authority who have inspected the scene.

3. #TESCO: The retail giant Tesco has announced that it will no longer take products from Silvercrest, the firm which was at the centre of the recent equine DNA scandal. Responding to the news, ABP Food Group, which owns Silvercrest, issued an apology and said that they had “learnt important lessons from this incident”.

4. #HEALTHCARE: VHI Healthcare is to increase the price of its premiums by an average of six per cent from next month. Next month’s increase is the fifth price rise in two years. The health care provider blamed the latest increase on the growing number and cost of claims, as well as its ageing customer base and costly medical innovations.

5. #ROAD DEATHS: The number of road deaths in Ireland fell 57 per cent between 2007 and 2012, according to figures released by the Road Safety Authority. Co Laois and Co Leitrim recorded no road fatalities last year, while Co Cavan was the only county to show an increase over the five year period.

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