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Dublin: 8 °C Wednesday 21 March, 2018

Take 5: Wednesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

Image: Mypouss via Creative Commons

Every afternoon, brings you five things you need to know by 5 o’clock.

1. #GE11: The Green Party has said the general election cannot be held later than March, following John Gormley’s hour-long meeting with the Taoiseach this morning. Gormley said he told Cowen that he would like to see the election being called by the end of February, once the Finance Bill was concluded.

2. #WIKILEAKS: The former Swiss banker who provided confidential client information to the WikiLeaks site  has been found guilty of coercion and of violating bank secrecy laws, but has avoided a jail term.

3. #SAOIRSE: The brother, 2, of a young girl who died yesterday from a rare brain disease, is to travel to the US for trial treatment this year for Batten’s Disease. Five-year-old Saoirse Heffernan died at her home in Keel, Co Kerry, over a year after being diagnosed with Batten’s Disease.

4. #MICHAELA: Four men, including a man arrested yesterday, have appeared in court in Mauritius today, charged over the murder of Michaela McAreavey in her hotel room last week. All four are employees at the hotel Michaela and her husband were honeymooning at and all have remanded in custody until next Wednesday, the Guardian reports.

5. #CONTRABAND: Three people, including a Cypriot monk, have been arrested at a Greek airport after attempting to board a plane bound for Cyprus with the remains of a dead nun in their luggage.

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