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Dublin: 6 °C Friday 21 February, 2020

The 5 at 5: Monday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

Image: Eva the Weaver via Flickr

EVERY WEEKDAY evening, brings you the five things you need to know by 5pm.

1. #JOBS: The government has claimed that it could create 100,000 jobs over the next four years through its much-heralded Action Plan on Jobs which was launched amid much fanfare today. At a press conference, jobs minister Richard Bruton said the plan aims to “rebuild the economy brick by brick, reform by reform, to get back to sustainable enterprise-led growth.” We’ve picked out the main points.

2. #WHITNEY: A coroner in the US has said that there is no sign of foul play in the death of singer Whitney Houston. The 48-year-old was found in the bathtub of her hotel room in LA on Saturday night. Officials say there is no indication of foul play of trauma on Houston’s remains and a toxicology test will now be carried out.

3. #BOMB ATTACKS: Israeli embassies in Georgia and India have been targeted today. Four people were injured when a car bomb went off outside the Israeli embassy in Delhi, while in Tbilisi a bomb was found underneath a car and defused with no injuries reported. Israel has accused Iran of masterminding the attacks but the Iranians have denied any involvement.

4. #ENGAGED: No weddings thanks, we’re in recession. Ninety per cent of Irish weddings have been “hit by the recession” according to a survey which says that more couples are remaining engaged for longer because of the country’s economic situation. The average cost of an Irish wedding has gone down but it’s still a hefty €22,700.

5. #LOOK UP: Keeps your eyes peeled tonight because we could see the famous Northern Lights – or to give them their proper title, the aurora borealis – over Ireland. A sighting of the beautiful coloured lights tonight and tomorrow could all be courtesy of something called a solar storm. Here’s more.

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Hugh O'Connell

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