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

EACH WEEKDAY EVENING, brings you a round-up of the five stories you should know about before you head out the door for the day.

1. #FREE BANKING: Ulster Bank has said that it is keeping its policy of not imposing any fees on transactions under review after a newspaper report this morning said that the bank is set to scrap customers’ automatic entitlement to banking without transaction fees. Another bank, AIB, recently said that it was to start charging customers for transactions unless they have a minimum cash balance of €2,500 in their account.

2. #VITA CORTEX: Former workers at the Vita Cortex plant in Cork are receiving their redundancy payments today with the hope that all 32 workers will be paid by today or tomorrow allowing them to leave the plant after a sit-in that has now lasted 159 days. Workers agreed terms on a redundancy package at the beginning of the month following a lengthy dispute with factory owner Jack Ronan.

3. #RECESS: The Dáil will take a five-day recess next week in order to allow TDs to campaign in the Fiscal Compact referendum in the final days before the vote on Thursday. No party will object to the time off which is being brought forward from June when it was originally scheduled after the bank holiday.

4. #COURTS: Independent TD Thomas Pringle has brought a challenge against the European Stability Mechanism to the High Court. The Donegal deputy believes that the ratification of the permanent European bailout fund which is due to be ratified separately to the Fiscal Compact could mean that Ireland will lose control over its financial affairs.

5. #UPC: Good news for subscribers to the UPC digital television service who will now be able to access ‘on-demand’ programmes from RTÉ and TV3 through their set-top boxes from this weekend. The service will be rolled out to subscribers in Dublin initially this Friday before being made available to other viewers across the country over the summer.