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

1. #POLL: The first opinion poll of 2011 has given Fine Gael a healthy 14-point lead over its nearest opposition as the next General Election looms. Enda Kenny’s party recorded 35% support in a new Paddy Power/Red C poll, with Labour on 21% and Fianna Fáil tied with Sinn Féin on 14%.

2. #ELECTION 2011: In other election news, TV3 has demanded an end to the moratorium on broadcasting political content on the day before the General Election. The broadcaster today said it had asked the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, which controls the broadcasting blackout, to acknowledge that there was no legal requirement for the moratorium, arguing that the ban also breaches its right to free speech.

3. #COURTS: A 29-year-old man has been charged with manslaughter following yesterday’s early-morning stabbing in the Co Meath village of Rathmolyon. Mariusz Jarosz with an address in Navan was remanded in custody with consent to bail.

4. #LEAVE RIGHT NOW: Roy Keane has said he is “hugely disappointed” after being sacked as manager of Ipswich Town, saying: “Results haven’t been as good as I’d have hoped so far this season and when results aren’t good the manager gets the sack, that’s the game.” Keane said he had been looking forward to the Carling Cup semi-final against Arsenal next week, and the visit of Chelsea in the FA Cup this weekend, when his job was terminated.

5. #BRRR: Just when you thought it was safe to leave the house without a coat… Met Éireann is warning of a renewed cold snap beginning tonight, with inland areas of Munster and Leinster told to expect one or two inches of snow as temperatures once again dive below zero.

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