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Take 5: Friday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

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

1. #BY-ELECTIONS: Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty looks set to be elected to the Dáil as counting continues for the Donegal South West by-election. Doherty was well out in front after the first count, with 13,719 votes. In second place at that stage was Fianna Fáil’s Brian Ó Domhnaill with 7,344.

2. #BAILOUT: The EU and IMF are reportedly putting pressure on Ireland to make bondholders share the burden of the bailout. Yesterday, Commissioner Olli Rehn’s spokesperson said that Europe wants to encourage a banking and financial sector that pays the consequences for risky behaviour.

3. #QUANGOWATCH: The number of quangos created in Ireland since the foundation of the Free State surged dramatically in 2008, according to a new database which maps the creation of the organisations.

4. #AFGHANISTAN: The Afghan government’s chief of staff has blamed British intelligence officials for introducing a man posing as a Taliban leader to their peace negotiations with the group. The impostor has disappeared after allegedly being paid at least $100,000 to attend the meetings.

5. #TOYSHOW: Looking forward to tonight’s Late Late Toy Show? has compiled a list of Ireland’s most popular toys of yesteryear, and looks ahead to tonight’s show by reviewing the best moments of the programme through the years. We’ll also be liveblogging the event as it happens tonight.

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