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The 5 at 5: Friday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock….

Image: -Porsupah- via Flickr/Creative Commons

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

1. #ALAN RYAN: A man has been arrested as part of the Gardaí’s investigation into the shooting dead of Alan Ryan earlier this week. The man in his late 40s was arrested last night in Coolock, Dublin and is currently being detained for questioning. Ryan was known to Gardaí for links to the Real IRA.

2. #JOBSWATCH: Good news on the jobs front today as a merchandising company in Dundalk has said it will create 250 seasonal jobs in the coming weeks. National Pen is to open a new facility in the Louth town and hopes to offer permanent contracts to some staff it recruits in the coming weeks. The company manufactures branded office stationery, clothing and other products.

3. #HEALTH INSURANCE: The number of people who are covered by private health insurance policies has fallen for the sixth consecutive quarter according to the latest figures from the Health Insurance Authority. 2,123,000 were covered by inpatient health insurance at the end of June, down 16,000 since the end of March and down 61,000 when compared to the same time last year.

4. #PARALYMPICS: Team Ireland’s remarkable success at the Paralympic Games in London continued today as world champion Mark Rohan secured a second gold medal in the cycling. It brings Ireland’s total medal haul at the games to 15, treble pre-games expectations. Elsewhere in the sporting world Republic of Ireland are just about to kick off their World Cup qualifying campaign. Follow it live with TheScore.ie.

5. #YOUREIRISHWHEN: The fear when you leave the immersion on, being afraid of the wooden spoon and referring to the cupboard as ‘the press’. Three of many, many things that identify you as being Irish as you’ve been discussing in your droves today.

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