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The 5 at 5: Wednesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

Image: Greenwich Photography via Flickr/Creative Commons

HERE ARE THE five stories you need to know as you head out the door.

1. #SAVITA: A draft copy of the HSE review into the death of Savita Halappanavar at University Hospital Galway says she should have been given the option of terminating her pregnancy as her condition deteriorated. The clinical review also reportedly details a litany of medical failures and says that the blood infection which is believed to have killed Savita went undiagnosed for days.  The HSE and the Minister for Health have said they will not comment until the report has been published in full.

2.#INCOME: €21,440 – that’s the average amount of disposable income left for people in Ireland after taxes and social insurance have been paid, according to new figures from the CSO. The national study also found that social welfare payments are the only thing keeping a huge number of people out of poverty, with 16 per cent of the population living at risk of poverty.

3. #MISSION ABROAD: Irish troops are to take part in an EU mission to Mali as part of a joint team with the UK’s armed forces. Ireland will send between six and eight members of the Defence Forces to Mali as part of the 200-strong team in mid-March.

4. #PRISON: A 61-year-old inmate at Portlaoise Prison has been found dead in his cell. Gardaí are investigating the circumstances surrounding the man’s death and the office of the State Pathologist has been notified.

5. #GLAS VEGAS: Some of the world’s most famous landmarks, including the Sphinx in Egypt, the Christ the Redeemer statue in Brazil and the Welcome sign in Las Vegas, are all set to go green for St Patrick’s Day next month. The initiative has been organised by Tourism Ireland will also see the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Sydney Opera House and Niagara Falls all turning green for the day.

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