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The 5 at 5: Monday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 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. #MISSING: Police in Australia investigating the disappearance of Irishwoman Jill Meagher have called in homicide detectives after her handbag and some personal belongings were found on a street close to her home. The 29-year-old who is originally from Drogheda has not been seen since around 1.30am on Saturday morning. Her husband Thomas has said he is going “through hell” and has appealed for help from the public in finding Jill.

2. #PUBLIC SECTOR: Junior Finance Minister Brian Hayes has said that public sector salaries of more than €100,000 need to be examined by government. The Fine Gael TD said that the examination of public sector allowances by Brendan Howlin last week had been the first step in the government’s plan to save at least €75 million in the public sector payroll.

3. #MURDER: Gardaí in Sligo have launched a murder investigation into the death of 67-year-old Eugene Gillespie, who died on Saturday night after he was injured during a burglary at his home. Detectives investigating the case have appealed for witnesses to come forward. Separately a man who was critically injured during an altercation outside a Cork pub in the early hours of Sunday morning has died.

4. #SUICIDE: A coroner in Kerry has called for suicide helplines to be advertised in pubs and places where younger people may be able to see them. Terence Casey made the remarks after six suicide cases were heard before his court today – the highest incidence of suicides ever in one sitting.

5. #WEATHER: Met Éireann has issued a weather warning as large parts of the country continue to be affected by heavy rainfall. Between 25 and 50mm of rain is expected to fall between this evening and tomorrow evening in parts of Leinster and Ulster and a gale warning is also in effect in coastal areas.

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