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The 5 at 5: Wednesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

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EACH WEEKDAY EVENING, brings you five things you need to know before you head out the door.

1. #ABORTION Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has condemned what he called obscene and insensitive anti-abortion posters which  appeared in his Dublin South constituency and say ‘Every child matters except to Alan Shatter’. He said that there was a lack of humanity, insight and compassion shown by those who put up the posters.

2. #OCCUPY ENDA Five student union officers and one first year student from NUIG and GMIT were arrested this afternoon due to staging a sit-in at Enda Kenny’s constituency office in Castlebar, Co Mayo. They were protesting about the Budget measure that raised the qualifying income threshold for the student maintenance grant by 3 per cent.

3. #PAT FINUCANE A report on the murder of solicitor Pat Finucane has been released today. Its author, Lord Desmond de Silva, found five areas in which collusion had taken place over Finucane’s murder in front of his family. British Prime Minister David Cameron said the report found “shocking levels of collusion”.

4. #REPOSSESSION The Government has agreed to close a loophole preventing banks from repossessing homes. New Beginning has called for courts to be given discretion not to allow banks who have unreasonably refused offers of restructure to repossess family homes.

5. #VOMITING BUG The HSE has warned of an increase in winter vomiting bug cases, saying that 300 cases were recorded in the last two weeks. It is asking people to help stop the spread of the bug by respecting hospital visiting hours and following hand hygiene directions when visiting patients.

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