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Thursday 30 March 2023 Dublin: 10°C
The 5 at 5 5 stories, 5 minutes, 5 o’clock.

EACH WEEKDAY EVENING, brings you five stories you really should read before 5pm.

1. #BIN LADEN: The aftershocks of the US killing of Osama bin Laden continue but reports on life near the Pakistan compound where he was discovered suggest that he was not exactly the neighbour from hell – one local said that when children hit a cricket ball inside its walls, they were given money to buy a new one. Nonetheless, few of you who voted in our poll this morning believe that his death will make the world a safer place.

2. #HEADACHES: The first global study on the economic, social and health impact of headache disorders (including migraine) shows that around 190 million work days are lost in the EU alone because of migraines. Women are more likely than men to suffer them and the Migraine Association of Ireland has been telling us why the paralysing condition is not taken seriously enough – even by doctors.

3. #NEW ZEALAND: After a week of terrible storms in the southern states of the US, a tornado has now swept across Auckland in New Zealand. At least one person is dead in the severe storm which was captured on video here. In the US, the Army has exploded a large section of a river levee to prevent an Illinois town from flooding.

4. #WATER CHARGES: Irish householders will have to shell out up to €175 in a flat rate water charge within two years.

5. #NO CHRISTMAS? The EU Commission has apologised for distributing three million diaries to secondary schools around Europe which made no reference to Christmas or Easter. The diaries did however note Sikh, Hindu, Muslim and Chinese festivals. An Irish Catholic priest brought the omission to the EU’s attention.