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Friday 8 December 2023 Dublin: 9°C

The 5 at 5 5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

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

1. #SAVITA: The political fallout following the death of Savita Halappanavar has continued. It emerged this morning that the 31-year-old had died after being refused a termination as she suffered a miscarriage over two days at University College Hospital, Galway last month. Taoiseach Enda Kenny this morning said James Reilly had received the report of the Expert Group on A, B and C versus Ireland last night. Kenny said he “extended his sympathy” to Savita’s family, but declined to comment further until inquiries by the HSE and UCHG have been completed.

A series of protests and vigils have been arranged around the country and worldwide for this evening, both in memoriam for Savita and calling for the government to legislate for abortion under the terms of the X Case. Youth Defence and Senator Rónán Mullen, however, have criticised people who they perceive as taking advantage of Savita’s death to advance a political opinion.

2. #STRIKE: SIPTU has called off a planned two-hour work stoppage for Monday, which could have seen a disruption of Aer Lingus services. Shop stewards met today to discuss clarifications received IBEC and ICTU to mediate on a pensions dispute.

3. #MIDDLE EAST: Israel has killed a senior Hamas military leader in a series of airstrikes in the Gaza strip. Israel says the operations are ‘just the start’ of a broader campaign to defeat Hamas’s miiltary movement. Hamas’s armed wing warned that “the occupation has opened the gates of hell on itself.”

4. #TRADE: The excess of Irish exports over imports fell by 41 per cent in September, according to the latest CSO figures. Ireland’s surplus stood at €2.9 billion in September, down from almost €4.9 billion in August. It’s the first fall in the trade surplus for six months.

5. #NAMALAND: The Central Bank has confirmed the purchase of the unfinished Anglo Irish Bank headquarters in Dublin’s North Wall Quay, which will be completed and will become its own headquarters. A spokesperson for NAMA said the purchase and planned development of the infamous site is “an important signal of improving sentiment and activity in the office market”.

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