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Take 5: Wednesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

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EVERY WEEKDAY evening, TheJournal.ie brings you the five things you should know by 5pm.

1. #WATERFORD: The telecoms company Talk Talk has announced it is closing its call centre in Waterford, with the loss of 575 jobs. Talk Talk appointed alternative operators to outsource its customer services operation to earlier this summer.

2. #BAILOUT: In a landmark ruling today, Germany’s constitutional court rejected a lawsuit claiming that Germany’s participation in the EU bailouts was illegal. A group of politicians and academics had argued that the bailout payments violated German law. German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomed the court’s ruling, saying that it was an indication that greater European engagement is the right option.

3. #CLOYNE: Taoiseach Enda Kenny has defended his tough stance after the publication of the Cloyne report earlier this summer, despite recent criticism from the Vatican. Speaking in the Dáil in July about the report, Kenny heavily criticised the Vatican’s attitude to allegations of child abuse in the parish of Cloyne. The Vatican issued a statement last weekend saying Kenny’s claims were “unfounded”.

4. #HEALTH: A senior consultant in emergency medicine has warned that Ireland’s health services will soon hit “breaking point” if something is not done to alleviate pressure on those services. Meanwhile, just 60 of the 280 junior doctors recruited in India and Pakistan this year have been successfully registered to work here.

5. #PLAN B: President Anote Tong of the Pacific island Kiribati has suggested creating an alternative ‘floating island’ for Kiribati residents to live on amid concerns over climate change and rising sea levels. Tong says that people on Kiribati have already lost their homes to the rising water, and that while the idea might sound strange, every idea should be considered.

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