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The 5 at 5: Monday

5 stories, 5 minutes, 5 o’clock.

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

1. #POPE RESIGNS Pope Benedict XVI has resigned. The surprise announcement came this morning, when the Pope explained he wants to leave due to his advanced age and deteriorating health. The Pope will leave his ministry on 28 February. His brother Georg Ratzinger said that his sibling had been having difficulty walking and had been advised not to take any transatlantic trips. Here is how the world reacted to the news.

2. #AUSTRALIA An Irish man aged 21 is said to be in a critical condition after being stabbed in western Australia. The victim was reportedly stabbed in the neck with a large carving knife yesterday in the Scarborough area of Perth. The Department of Foreign Affairs is providing consular assistance.

3.#PROSTITUTION A new survey shows that a quarter of people buying sex in Ireland have come into contact with women and girls who they believe were trafficked, controlled or underage, the Immigrant Council of Ireland says. The council’s chief executive Denise Charlton said that the survey also showed that laws would act as a deterrent to those who use prostitutes.

4. #ANIMAL CRUELTY Animal rights groups have condemned an attack in Co Laois in which a fox was found hanging on a gate having been shot and skinned. The fox was found on 2 February and according to the Association of Hunt Saboteurs, it was the victim of “vicious and sadistic torture”.

5. #PROMISSORY NOTES Members of the finance union IBOA are to meet with the special liquidator from KPMG on the future of the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation’s 800 employees in Ireland.  The move comes after the bank was liquidated last week. The union is urging the government to keep the commitments it made when agreeing a strategic plan for the wind-down of the bank.

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