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Monday 2 October 2023 Dublin: 14°C
The 5 at 5 5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

EACH WEEKDAY evening, brings you five stories you really should check out by 5pm.

1. #HACKING It’s reported that former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown was the subject of repeated hacking attacks by News International journalists. Information was obtained from his bank account, as well as legal files and his family’s medical records, including those relating to his son’s serious illness. The Sun and The Sunday Times are named in the allegations. Earlier it was revealed that the News of the World bought the phone numbers of members of the royal family from a police officer.

2. #MORTGAGE DEBT A financial industry insider has told that the case of a Dublin couple who got a mortgage lender to reduce their home loan debt by €200,000 is not an isolated one. “This isn’t a one off”, the source said.

3. #EMIGRATION The Western Australian Jobs Minister is on his way to Ireland this week in order to recruit Irish workers to go to work in the state. A seminar will take place in Dublin on Thursday for those interested in emigrating, and the minister says that he would take people back with him on the place if he could. By 2017 an estimated 150,000 skilled workers will be needed.

4. #INVASION The pest control company Rentokill has warned that Ireland’s ant population is on its way to a a ten-year high. The company says it’s seen an increase in call outs, and that the warmer weather means that the ant population will be thriving. It’s given some tips on keeping an invasion at bay. Here’s some more of the unusual animal invaders you might find in your own back garden.

5. #HOME TIME It’s all over for another year as the last of the campers head home from Oxegen. Gardaí released figures today which revealed that 90 people were arrested over the course of the weekend, 28 of those for dealing drugs. The figure is lower than last year’s and Gardaí have thanked the well behaved fans for their cooperation.