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Thursday 9 February 2023 Dublin: 2°C
The 5 at 5 5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, brings you the five things you really need to know by 5pm.

1. #DART: A suspicious device was found a pedestrian bridge over the DART line at Dun Laoghaire, closing the southside line just before lunchtime. The line has since been reopened but the Army’s bomb disposal unit has taken the device away for further investigation.

2. #PUBLIC SECTOR: The head of the Labour Relations Commission has said that public sector workers could avoid wage cuts – if they worked longer hours.

3. #UNDER PRESSURE: Former Ireland football international stars Ronnie Whelan and Ray Houghton and RTE are understood to be discussing the sporting stars’ participation in a programme sponsored by the Irish Sun. The two men are also, of course, former Liverpool players – the newspaper in question has been the subject of a 22-year boycott campaign by Merseysiders since the Hillsborough disaster. Our readers have been discussing their thoughts on the issue here.

4. #SAD: An American mother has said she was “shocked” to learn that the father of her two autistic sons had kept the 5 and 7-year-olds caged in a darkened room.

5. #BIG DAY: An Irish wedding now costs an average of €23,500 according to a new survey – although couples are taking the DIY route on the invitations, the flowers and, sometimes, the wedding cake.