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The 5 at 5: Friday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

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

1. #POLITICS: Taoiseach Enda Kenny has made an unexpected attack on Fianna Fáil’s record in Government, hours before the party begins its annual Ard Fheis.  The Taoiseach said the party had been responsible for ‘devastation’ in Ireland and pointed to the massive surge in unemployment at the end of Fianna Fáil’s 14 years in office. A Fianna Fáil spokesperson said the party was surprised by the comments.

2. #GUNS: Independent TD Michael Healy-Rae has said Ireland needs to have a debate about allowing people to own guns to protect their homes and properties. The Kerry South TD, who legally owns three guns, said people in rural communities have been ‘failed and failed in an awful way’ by the recent closure of Garda stations, and called for people to be allowed to buy guns to protect themselves.

3. #HOSPITALS: Dust, dirt and clutter: a HIQA investigation into Letterkenny General Hospital has found a number of hygiene issues at the large hospital, including debris and dust on floors and beds in the maternity ward, and clutter in many areas.

4. #WEST YORKSHIRE: One woman has died and dozens more people have been injured after a mini-bus carrying a group to a hen party was involved in a collision with a lorry on a motorway in West Yorkshire in England this afternoon. A number of people were trapped in the wreckage.The driver of the lorry has been arrested.

5. #BOSTON: Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been moved from a hospital to a prison in Massachusetts. The 19-year-old has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction and may face the death penalty if convicted.

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