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

EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, brings you five things you need to know before you head out the door…

1. #BREAST IMPLANTS: A recall of faulty silicone breast implants in France and the UK could affect as many as 1,500 Irish women, it has emerged. The Irish Medicines Board says that while it had already recalled the implants, it was advising hospitals to make contact with any women who had received the implants since 2001.

2. #PRIORY HALL: Dublin City Council has told the residents of Priory Hall that it will continue to cover the cost of their temporary housing until February at least – even though the Supreme Court may rule next month that it is not obliged to do so. The council says housing the residents until February will have cost it at least €700,000.

3. #FACEBOOK: Facebook has agreed to make significant changes to its privacy settings for most of its worldwide users, following an audit by the Irish Data Protection Commissioner. The audit’s “challenging recommendations” will see the site give EU users the right to opt out of the auto-tagging feature, and delete the data it gathers from non-users through plugins such as its ‘Like’ button.

4. #RACISM: England’s football captain John Terry is to face formal charges over alleged racist comments made to another footballer during a Premier League game in October. Terry will appear in court in February in relation to comments made to QPR defender Anton Ferdinand during a game on October 23.

5. #OXEGEN: Festival promoters MCD have confirmed that the Oxegen music festival won’t be taking place in 2012 – but say it will return in 2013. Local councillor Alan O’Kelly said the absence of the festival from Punchestown in 2012 was “a big loss to the area”, while the racecourse chairman David Mongey explained that resources for the event would be stretched by staging needs for the London Olympics and the Queen’s UK tour for her diamond jubilee.