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Dublin: -1 °C Sunday 19 January, 2020

The 5 at 5: Wednesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

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EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, brings you five things you should know as you head out the door…

1. #PROMISSORY NOTES: The president of the European Central Bank has insisted that Ireland should repay its promissory notes on an annual basis, according to the schedule it has already agreed. Mario Draghi dodged questions on how the ECB would treat requests to restructure the banking debt burden.

2. #JOBSWATCH: O2 has announced it will cut 120 jobs from its Irish workforce, as part of a business review which identified the need to cut costs. The mobile phone network currently employs 1,100 people in Ireland.

3. #BIRD FLU: Tests on a flock of pheasants at Clonakilty have shown that the bird flu measured in Barryroe last week has not spread. The all-clear means a temporary restriction zone in Clonakilty has been lifted.

4. #UNEMPLOYMENT: The number of people signing onto the Live Register fell by 3,000 in March, with the unemployment rate falling by 0.1 per cent to 14.3 per cent. The CSO figures show that the number of under-25s signing on long-term has fallen every month since mid-2010 – with emigration the most likely reason why.

5. #HAPPINESS: It turns out that Ireland might not be as grumpy a country as you may have thought. The UN’s first ever World Happiness Report says Ireland is the 10th happiest country in the world – and the one where people give the most positive answers when asked how they felt “yesterday”.

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Gavan Reilly

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