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Take 5: Friday

5 minutes, 5 stories ,5 o’clock.

Image: Chris Bloke via Creative Commons

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

1. #IVOR THE TERRIBLE: Today in the Seanad, Senator Ivor Callely began praising the recent High Court ruling against his Seanad suspension last summer, before being interrupted by the Cathaoirleach calling time. Speaking over the Cathaoirleach and the bell, Callely quoted from the Bible: “You shall know the truth – and the truth shall set you free”.

2. #BAILOUT: Fine Gael’s Enda Kenny and Michael Noonan are due to meet European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso in an hour’s time, to discuss the possibility of Ireland renegotiating its EU/IMF bailout agreement. Billionaire former investor George Soros says it’s “patently unfair” Irish people have to absorb the total losses caused by the banks, while the bondholders are “free”.

3. #KINDLE: Online store Amazon has announced that the number of ebooks sold for the Kindle device has now overtaken the site’s sale of paperbacks.

4. #GE11: Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin may intervene in the party’s election planning by moving candidates between constituencies. Martin is reportedly concerned about the number of candidates Fianna Fáil is running in some constituencies.

5. #FACELUCK: A Dublin man has tracked down his stolen car after someone who saw his appeal on Facebook spotted the vehicle. Warren Coakley, 34, saw his Audi A4 being stolen from outside his house in Tyrrelstown, Dublin 15 over a week ago. Five days later, with the help of Facebook, he found it in Mulhuddart.

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