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The 5 at 5: Wednesday

5 stories, 5 minutes, 5 o’clock.

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

1. #MAGDALENES: The Department of Justice have told that they did not seek or receive legal advice prior to yesterday’s publishing of the Magdalene Laundries report. The disclosure followed widespread criticism of the failure by government to offer a formal apology to those who suffered in the laundries.

A number of Labour TDs have today said that a formal apology should be issued, while the Minister for Justice Alan Shatter earlier refused to admit that the State’s involvement in the laundries was wrong.

2. #BLUE FLU: Gardaí in Cork city have voted unanimously for industrial action over proposed pay cuts of €18 million in 2013. A further vote signalled that their chosen form of industrial action would be the so-called ‘blue flu’, which involves calling in sick en masse.

3. #FIREFIGHTERS: Firefighters who are members of SIPTU are set to ballot for industrial action if proposed changes by the Department of Environment go ahead which would lead to a 20 per cent cut in the number of firefighters that man a fire appliance.

4. #HORSEBURGERS: The supplier of ‘beef trimmings’ which were found to contain equine content has said that it was ‘shocked’ at the discovery. McAdam Food Products said that it “had no awareness or knowledge whatsoever” that the product, which it imported from Poland, was anything other than beef.

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5. #IRISH PILOTS: Representatives from the Irish Airline Pilots’ Association have said that Irish pilots are fearful that there could be an airplane crash due to fatigue. The group said that it was concerned at a failure by the European Aviation Safety Authority to act on its own research into flight time limitations.

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