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The 5 at 5: Thursday

5 stories, 5 minutes, 5 o’clock.

EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, brings you up to speed with the five things you should know as you head out the door.

1. #CROKE PARK SUCCESSOR: The full text of the revised public sector pay deal has been published this afternoon and it has a new name. The ‘Haddington Road Agreement’ has a number of proposals which include increment freezes and pay cuts to workers earning over €65,000 remaining in place.

2. #NAMA: Under the latest legislation to cut public pay, the National Treasury Management Agency and its subsidiaries, including NAMA, will lose their exemption from public pay cuts. Previously, employees enjoyed a specific legal exemption.

3. #TOBACCO: The Irish Cancer Society and Irish Health Foundation have written to the Taoiseach to communicate their shock about the meeting he held with the tabacco industry a fortnight ago. Speaking to Senator Crown said it is “simply unconscionable” that such a meeting occurred. The Health Minister said he knew about the meeting, but “would not” go.

4. #PROTEST: Property tax protesters occupied a Revenue public office in Dublin today, with three of them chaining themselves to a radiator. One of the protesters told that she is “completely and utterly exasperated” over what is going on in the country.

5. #APPLE: Michael Noonan has said the US Senate is “misleading” the world by wrongly claiming that Ireland has a 2 per cent tax rate for Apple.

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