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The 5 at 5: Wednesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

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

1. #ABORTION: The Mater Hospital in Dublin has said that it will comply with the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Act, contrary to comments by a member of the hospital’s board who said that the new laws would go against the ethos of the Catholic-run hospital.

2. #REPOSSESSION: Central Bank governor Patrick Honohan has said banks have been “persistently ineffective” in dealing with mortgage arrears. Honohan told an Oireachtas committee that most of the solutions offered by banks to homeowners in arrears involved repossessing the property.

3. #OMBUDSMAN: The office of the Ombudsman dealt with 3,412 complaints last year, with the Department of Social Protection and the HSE the two public bodies which received the most complaints. Emily O’Reilly presented her final annual report as Ombudsman today before leaving for the EU Ombudsman position.

4. #MISSING: Actor Brendan O’Carroll has appealed to the public for help in finding 65-year-old Margaret Mangan who has been missing from her home in Terenure since Tuesday morning. Margaret Mangan, who has Alzheimer’s disease, was seen on the set of the Mrs Brown’s Boys film in Glasnevin after leaving her house.

5. #LEAKS: Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett has hit out at leaks which he said are “an attempt to blacken my good name” in relation to the appointment of a new clerk of the Dáil.

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