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EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, brings you five things you really should know before heading out the door…

1. #IRISH LIFE: Irish Life and Permanent staff have voted against industrial action at the State-owned bank.

Commenting on the result, which became public today, UNITE regional officer Colm Quinlan said: “The company is aware that over 40 per cent of staff were willing to take action and we believe that will ensure a real engagement now with staff on whom the company depends.”

2. #WALKOUT: Sinn Féin and United Left Alliance TDs have walked out of the Dáil in protest over the lack of debate over today’s €700 million payout to Anglo bondholders. Opposition TDs had sought a debate and a vote on the payout to the bondholders – but the government voted against doing so.

3. #MISSING: Gardaí investigating the abduction of Ciarán Noonan from East Wall in Dublin two weeks ago are searching lands in Co Meath for any sign of his whereabouts. The 29-year-old was last seen being grabbed, beaten and bundled into a dark Volkswagen Golf on Russell Avenue on 20 October. Gardaí said they were “very concerned” for Noonan’s safety.

4. #GOOGLE IRELAND: The perks that come with working for Google are well-known, but the company appears to have outdone itself with its latest scheme.

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Prepare to do battle with the green-eyed monster, folks: the search giant plans to offer an in-house swimming pool as just one of a range of benefits for Irish workers in its new Montevetro building. Well, people do get tired of Nintendo Wii, table football, pool tables and free food, you know…

5. #PEN FRIENDS: Truth really is stranger than fiction – which the life of the late Muammar Gaddafi will attest to.

Since his death, unusual and surprising snippets about his lifestyle have been exposed – the fact that he was a Liverpool fan, for example, or that he had a golden gun. The latest revelation, reported in several US newspapers today, might show Gaddafi’s softer side: the Libyan strongman had a pen pal, an 81-year-old Jewish florist from New York, with whom he corresponded for decades.

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