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Dublin: 13 °C Wednesday 8 July, 2020

The 5 at 5: Wednesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

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

1. #MAGDA: The Polish Ambassador to Ireland has reacted strongly to an article published in the Irish Independent today in which a Polish woman identified as ‘Magda’ outlines the benefits of being unemployed and claiming social welfare in Ireland. Ambassador Marcin Nawrot says that the translation in the Irish paper of the original Polish interview contains a number of inaccuracies.

2. #HOUSEHOLD CHARGE: Over 68,000 people have now paid the controversial new €100 Household Charge. The charge came into effect at the start of this year and homeowners have until 1 March to pay the charge or face fines.

3. #UNEMPLOYMENT: The number signing on to the Live Register in January fell by 0.7 per cent from December’s figures, with 439,589 people signing on last month. However, the CSO figures show that the number of long-term claimants rose between January 2011 and 2012 by 14.5 per cent, or 23,295 people.

4. #KERRY: A body has been recovered during the search for a Kerry man who went missing while kayaking on Loch Gaineamháin on Friday.

5. #KENNEDY: Newly discovered audio recorded after President John F Kennedy was shot and fatally wounded in 1963 has been released by the US National Archives. The recording documents conversations between those on board Air Force One after the shooting and people in Washington, and includes comments from new president Lyndon Johnson and secret service officials.

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