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The 5 at 5: Wednesday

Here are the five things you should know this afternoon.

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EVERY WEEKDAY evening, brings you five things you should know at 5pm.
  1. #CATHOLIC CHURCH 21 years after the priest Brendan Smyth was first arrested on child sex abuse charges, we are still learning of the Catholic Church’s failure to protect children. Seven reviews into clerical child sex abuse have revealed that there were 378 abuse allegations made against 146 individuals. The National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church of Ireland (NBSCCCI) said that it could not explain why there was a “striking” and “marked” difference between the number of allegations and the number of convictions.
  2. #TEACHER TRAINING An international panel of experts has recommended that Ireland’s 19 teacher training colleges be replaced by six in a radical shake up of the sector.
  3. #HSE CUTS Yesterday it was people with disabilities. Now home help and care workers will be protesting outside the Dail this evening. Organiser plan the demonstration for 6pm.
  4. #UNEMPLOYMENT The number of people on the live register fell by 2,000 in August. However, with 434,000 signing on last month,there are as many people claiming the dole now as there were last year.
  5. #MCDONALD’S It was burgers that made it famous. But now fast food chain McDonald’s is planning on opening vegetarian-only outlets.

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