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The 5 at 5: Wednesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

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

1. #SMITHWICK: The solicitor for the family of murdered RUC officer Pat Breen has accused Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams of attempting to “legitimise the murder” of two RUC officers. Adams said they had a “laissez faire” attitude shown towards their security.

2. #NAMA: The National Asset  Management Agency has met its “first major milestone” of redeeming €7.5 billion senior bonds before the end of 2013. It redeemed €500 million of these bonds today.

3. #JOBS: Pharmaceutical company Pfizer has announced that 150 jobs are to go at its Newbridge manufacturing plant. The company will seek the redundancies in 2014.

4. #PHOENIX PARK: A 17-year-old girl who was being questioned in connection with the murder of Gerard Donnelly in the Phoenix Park last week has been released from custody.

5. #COURTS: TV chef Nigella Lawson has admitted to taking cocaine, but has denied having a drug problem or being addicted to the substance. She told the court that her ex-husband Charles Saatchi tried to “destroy her” by making false allegations about her use of the drug.

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