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Friday 1 December 2023 Dublin: 2°C

The 5 at 5 5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

EVERY WEEKDAY evening, brings you the five things you should know at 5pm.

1. #FIRE: People living near the Panda recycling plant in Beauparc, Co Meath have been advised to stay indoors with the windows and doors closed due to a fire at the plant which could smoulder for several more days.

2. #CROKE PARK DEAL: Trade unions representing public sector workers have dismissed suggestions made by Transport Minister Leo Varadkar yesterday that any follow-up to the Croke Park Agreement should accommodate the enforcement of compulsory redundancies.

3. #EUROZONE: German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that German money can’t save Europe and that the “way out of the crisis in the eurozone can only be successful if all countries are capable of recognising the reality and realistically assessing their strengths”.

4. #SYRIA: The EU has approved further sanctions against Syria, including the export of goods which could be used “for internal repression”. Human Rights Watch today said it has interviewed former detainees who were subject to or who witnessed serious sexual abuse while being held by Syrian forces. Meanwhile, Russia has denied claims it has been supplying attack helicopters to Syria.

5. #BEAT THE BLUES: It’s pretty bleak outside today and the forecast isn’t looking hugely promising for the weekend. To cheer you up, we have a variety of offbeat articles in the Daily Edge today, from Seiko’s release of the world’s smallest TV set 30 years ago – as a watch – to an apology by Game of Thrones makers for putting George Bush’s head on a stake.