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Take 5: Friday

Five things you need to know: the scramble to leave Libya, a war-time era shell in Wexford, and who’s getting to crush Seán Fitzpatrick’s BMW.

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

1. #LIBYA: Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs has assembled a taskforce on the ground at Tripoli International Airport, trying to assemble Irish people in the airport before summoning an Air Corps plane from Malta to bring them home.

Journalist Richard Conway, meanwhile, has written for TheJournal.ie about the experiences of his Iraqi friends who had moved to Libya to flee Saddam Hussein – and now find themselves trapped in troubled Libya.

2. #GE11: Voting is well underway in the general election, with turnout expected to be up on the last general election in 2007, when 67 per cent of registered voters cast their ballots. Turnout across the country was in the mid 30s by mid-afternoon – a significant spike on the usual turnout by that time.

Voters had difficulty getting to a polling station in Wexford Town earlier after a wartime-era shell was discovered in a house near a polling station – and though it remained open, candidates are worried that the incident may hit local turnout.

3. #CONCY THE CRUSHER: The RTÉ-organised auction to win the right to crush Seán FitzPatrick’s BMW was won, we can reveal, by a character from one of the entries into the broadcaster’s Storyland competition.

‘Moyhill’ man Concy Ryan, a father of ten with an eleventh on the way, is the creation of Two Hungry Fish promotions.

4. #CHILDBIRTH: The number of medical card patients attending the Rotunda Hospital’s IVF facility has doubled since the beginning of the economic downturn, it has emerged.

The Medical Independent reported that the Human Assisted Reproduction Unit, the only Dublin clinic which offers services free of charge to medical card holders, has seen such attendees jump from 6.2 per cent in 2007 to over 12 per cent last year.

5. #THE SUN: Transgender lobby groups have condemned an online quiz published by The Sun newspaper – published under the headline, ‘Tran or Woman?‘. which asked readers to guess the gender of 14 people, some of whom themselves were transgendered.

A spokesperson for the Transgender Equality Network of Ireland told us the quiz “illustrates the acceptability of ridiculing the daily struggles that many transgender people face by reducing the experience to a tawdry, ‘is this a man or a woman’ or ‘tran and woman’.”

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