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Thursday 7 December 2023 Dublin: 10°C

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

EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, brings you the five stories you need to know before you head out the door.

1. #JAMES REILLY: The under-fire Health Minister is… well… under fire again as he is currently answering questions in the Dáil about the criteria used to decide where primary care centres should be located. Earlier today, he said he isn’t a bully.

2. #TROIKA MADE US: Education Minister Ruairi Quinn – taking Leaders’ Questions today while Enda and most of the Cabinet are off in Brussels – has said that the government had no choice but to repay €1bn from AIB in unsecured debt this week because the bailout troika insisted that they couldn’t burn the senior bondholders.

3.#TAXI! The Irish taxi sector is undergoing a number of reforms due to be phased in from next January – these include online checks that the correct driver is behind the wheel, new age limits for vehicles and a new decal (transfer design) which all taxis will have to bear.

4. #SAME-SEX COUPLES: New data shows that every county in Ireland has now hosted a civil partnership ceremony – but in some counties the number of them is in the single figures.

5. #OPERATION PIRATE BAY: Hackers have attacked at least two Swedish government-affiliated websites. A video posted on YouTube this week had threatened revenge on behalf of Anonymous for a Swedish police raid on a webhosting company.

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