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Saturday 9 December 2023 Dublin: 9°C

The 5 at 5 After 30 years of rule, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has resigned; two survivors of yesterday’s plane crash have been released from hospital; and the European Commission says it knows Ireland’s delay in recapitalising its banks is merely “temporary”.

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

1. #EGYPT: President Hosni Mubarak has resigned after 30 years of rule, leaving the army in charge of the republic, it has been announced.

Omar Suleiman, named as vice-president recently, made the statement to the Egyptian people, saying: “President Hosni Mubarak has decided to waive the office of the republic”.

The crowds in central Cairo exploded with cheers after Suleiman’s short statement, Al Jazeera reports. The crowd in Tharir Square – known as Liberation Square – chanted: “We have brought down the regime!”

Millions of people have taken part in determined street protests across the country for more than two weeks, demanding that Mubarak step down.

2. #CORK CRASH: Two men injured in yesterday’s plane crash at Cork Airport have been released from hospital.

A hospital spokesperson confirmed to that the four other survivors remain in hospital in “a serious but stable condition”. The four who remain in hospital are Heather Elliot, Brendan Mallon, Peter Cowley and Mark Dickens.

3. #BLOOMBERG: New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has apologised to the Irish-American community after making comments about “inebriated” Irish people during an official function.

Speaking at the American Irish Historical Society last Friday, Bloomberg said that often when he walks by the society’s building “there are a bunch of people that are totally inebriated hanging out the window, waving”. After an outraged reaction by Irish-Americans, Bloomberg said:  ”I apologise. I certainly did not mean to offend anybody.”

4. #BANK RECAPITALISATION: A European Commission spokesman has said Brussels understands Ireland’s delay in recapitalising its banks is merely “temporary” – and added it should be completed “as soon as possible”.

5. #JOURNALISM: In the wake of the news that the Sunday Tribune has gone into receivership, journalist David Kenny faces up to the prospect of being unemployed again in his 40s in a heartbreakingly honest piece – and wonders what his Dad, who warned him not to follow him into journalism, would have made of it all.