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The 5 at 5: Thursday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

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

1. #EXPENSES: There is one TD in Ireland who does not claim a single cent in travel or accommodation costs – despite many of his fellow TDs claiming over €50,000 in expenses in less than one year. Find out who he is and why he renounces the entitlement.

To find out which TDs have claimed the most and least in the first full year of the current Dáil, check back with after 5pm.

2. #FINGLAS: The 36-year-old man who was fatally shot in a pub in Finglas in the early hours of this morning has been named as local man Alan McNally. Gardaí revealed this afternoon that the deceased man’s brother, Graham McNally, was also shot dead in the area in January 2009.

Investigating Gardaí have released descriptions of the suspected gunman and accomplice, both male, and have asked anyone with information to contact Finglas Garda Station (01 666 7500) or the Garda Confidential line (1800 666 111).

3. #MAGDA: The Polish woman at the centre of a controversial newspaper article which claimed she had described her life on the dole in Ireland as “wonderful” has spoken out to say the description of her views was “completely not true”. The woman, known only as ‘Magda’, told RTÉ Radio this morning that she was “completely shocked” and “very worried” when she saw the story, saying it was based on a mistranslation of her words.

Meanwhile, Labour Senator Jimmy Harte has “unreservedly” apologised for comments he made on Twitter yesterday about the story, saying that they were “made in the heat of the moment”.

4. #JOBS: The owners of the Cork-Swansea Fastnet Line ferry have today confirmed that the service is to cease with the direct loss of 78 jobs and an expected €30 million lost to the Munster region. The company is due to be placed in either receivership or liquidation today, it said in a statement.

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In better jobs-related news, the Irish Film Board has said that two new major BBC television series being filmed in Ireland will see the creation of 350 jobs and investment of €11 million in the economy in the first quarter in 2012.

5. #CUTS: The Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has defended cuts in payments aimed at helping families cover communion and confirmation costs, saying that the move is intended to limit ‘lavish’ expenditure.

The cuts will bring the maximum payment to €110 from the current allowance of up to €305. Last year, €3.4 million was spent on 14,000 communion and confirmation payments.

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