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Take 5: Wednesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

Image: islandjoe via Creative Commons

Every afternoon, brings you the 5 things you really need to know by 5pm.

1. #FOUR YEAR PLAN: The government launched its four year plan this afternoon, which includes tax hikes, public spending cuts, the introduction of property tax, and a €1 cut to the minimum wage. The third-level registration fee will be replaced by a flat-rate €2,000 payment per annum (€200 for PLC students).

2. #CRIME: Gardaí have appealed for information from the public following a double shooting in Dublin last night. Two men in their 20s were shot dead outside the Tesco Express petrol station at the Clearwater Shopping Centre shortly before midnight.

3. #NEW ZEALAND: Police in New Zealand have said they believe all of the 29 men trapped in the Pike River coalmine have died, following a second explosion at the mine.

4. #STUDENT PROTESTS: Thousands of second- and third-level students in the UK have been taking part in the latest round of protests against tuition fee increases and eduction sector cuts. One police van was attacked in London, and three people were arrested.

5. #MARY HARNEY: The Dublin City Councillor who threw paint at Mary Harney when the minister turned the sod on a new health centre in Ballyfermot earlier this month has been charged with assault, criminal damage and breach of the peace.

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