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The 5 at 5: Thursday

5 stories, 5 minutes, 5 o’clock…

You may have noticed that there is something a little odd about our five image today. The author showed the original, lovely image around the office, bemoaning photographers who capture things in groups of four. “Just add another one in there will ye?” she sighed. Her colleague Jen Wade came up with this solution. Genius. Have you got an actual five picture? Send it to us at news@thejournal.ie. Ta! And now to the news…

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

1. #JOBSWATCH: Paddy Power is to create 600 new jobs in Dublin over the next three years, the bookmakers revealed today. Meanwhile, Sinn Féin has launched its job plan which claims that 156,000 additional jobs could be delivered.

2. #INFLATION: The cost of living in Ireland fell by 0.1 per cent last month, according to the latest data from the CSO. However, the price of clothing, footwear, alcohol and fuel all increased in September and the annual rate of inflation was 1.6 per cent.

3. #PUBLIC SECTOR: Minister Brendan Howlin has said he is looking at ways to incorporate some allowances into public servants’ core pay, adding that his department does not want to slash certain workers’ salaries even further.

4. #CAUGHT: A Cork man has been fined €6,000 for illegally selling prescription-only slimming and erectile dysfunction drugs through various online outlets.

5. #HAPPY GIRL DAY: Today is the first ever International Day of the Girl and global organisations are marking the occasion by focusing the world’s attention on the challenges facing girls, including child marriage, lack of education, violence, discrimination and poverty.

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