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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 jury at the inquest into the death of Savita Halappanavar has returned a unanimous verdict of medical misadventure. Halappanavar was found to have died of septic shock, E.coli in the bloodstream and a miscarriage at 17 weeks.

Following the verdict, Praveen Halappanavar said that his wife had been treated in a “barbaric, inhumane way” and that “she was just left there to die”.

2. #GUIDELINES: The jury at the inquest into the death of Savita Halappanavar have “strongly endorsed” the nine guidelines that had been recommended by the coroner in the case. These include a number of national recommendations which have been put forward in a bid to prevent any similar cases occurring in future.

3. #BOSTON: The police search for the second of the Boston Marathon bombers is continuing. One police officer was shot dead and another was wounded in a violent shootout led by the two men overnight that has left much of the Boston region – an area with roughly 900,000 people – in lockdown. 19 year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, whose brother was killed in the earlier shootout, remains at large and is “armed and dangerous”.

4. #IVOR CALLELY: Former Fianna Fáil TD and Senator Ivor Callely appeared in court earlier today, charged with six counts of presenting fraudulent receipts to claim expenses. The charges relate to four receipts allegedly submitted by Callely in November 2007, with dates between 2002 and 2006, with the letterhead of Business Communications Ltd – a company which had actually ceased trading in 1994.

5. #NAMA: Receivers have been appointed to the companies behind the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre and and the Point Village complex. understands that receivers from Grant Thornton were appointed to the companies, originally controlled by businessman Harry Crosbie, by the National Asset Management Agency.

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