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The 5 at 5: Friday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

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EVERY WEEKDAY evening, brings your the five things you should know by 5pm.

1. #BUDGET LEAKS: has obtained the documents given to German MPs which outline the contents of the 2012 and 2013 Budgets. As well as detailing the plan to increase VAT by 2 per cent, they include proposals to broaden the income tax base, cut social welfare spending and reduce the public payroll even further in 2013.

Read our full coverage of the leaked documents here.

2. #DEATH: The body of a man in his 60s has been recovered from the River Bandon in Kinsale in Cork. Gardaí believe he died by suicide and said the incident is not linked to the two bodies that were found in the same river earlier this week.

3. #BUILDING BRIDGES: Senator Jim D’arcy has gained the support of the Taoiseach, the Senate and a number of TDs for his proposal to rename the Boyne Bridge after Mary McAleese. He will now seek the backing of the Meath and Louth county councils to rename the M1 cable bridge for the former president.

4. #MORTGAGES: More than 100,000 homeowners are now in arrears on their mortgage or have had their loans restructured, according to the latest data from the Central Bank, which noted a significant increase in the number of those behind on their payments.

5. #OCCUPY…PEOPLE?: The magazine, that is. The headquarters of the US celebrity glossy is the latest building to be taken over by protestors. However, the group was not decrying bankers or financial leaders but its members were hitting out at the magazine for choosing Bradley Cooper as its new Sexiest Man Alive.

The group insists that 2011 is the year of Ryan Gosling and, therefore, he should have received the coveted accolade.

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