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Take 5: Wednesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

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EVERY WEEKDAY, brings you five things you really should know before heading out the door…

1. #RACE FOR THE ÁRAS: David Norris has confirmed that he received a disability pension for almost 16 years while also working as a Senator. He said he had been advised by his former employer Trinity College Dublin to apply for the payments after he contracted hepatitis by drinking unsafe drinking water in central Europe.

- Martin McGuinness has released bank statements from an account in his name, which show he received around £1,605 a month from Sinn Féin. McGuinness disclosed the documents after coming under pressure over his claims that he lives on the average industrial wage, with Fine Gael candidate Gay Mitchell accusing him of lying.

2. #SHEBEEN CHIC: Staff at the Shebeen Chic bar and restaurant on Dublin’s Georges Street have said they will stage a lock-in protest - sleeping, showering and eating inside the premises in an attempt to prevent the building’s owners from evicting them in a rent dispute. Restaurant manager Orla Murphy told “They just want to get us out”.

3. #CONSTRUCTION: Ireland’s unemployed construction workers are set to benefit from a €35 million European aid fund – providing them with money to retrain as well as career advice. The government will add another €20 million to the scheme, which will help almost 6,000 workers.

4. #HUMAN TRAFFICKING: Police in Peru have rescued almost 300 women who they said were forced into sexual slavery in the country’s Amazon region. The women and girls – the youngest of whom was just 13 – were rescued from 60 brothels in the area, which is experiencing an illegal mining boom after gold was discovered.

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5. #F-BOMB: A new advertising campaign features celebrities including Bono, George Clooney and Colin Farrell using a bleeped-out F-word, but it’s not what you think – the ads aim to highlight the famine in eastern Africa. They’ve been banned by authorities in the UK, but not for any expletives – apparently the promos violate political advertising rules.

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