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Take 5: Friday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.
Aug 26th 2011, 4:48 PM 575 0

EVERY WEEKDAY evening, TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you should know at 5pm.

1. #FIREFIGHTERS: A dispute between Dublin firefighters and management at the Dublin Fire Brigade is being taken to the Labour Relations Commission. The dispute centres on plans to cut another €1.7 million from the service’s budget, which will mean cuts to overtime, training and annual leave for firefighters and paramedics.

2. #FACEBOOK: Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner is to investigate the legality of Facebook’s ‘Like’ button. An Austrian-based privacy protection lobby group is set to make a complaint to the DPC because under Facebook’s Terms of Use, users outside of the US and Canada have a contract with Facebook Ireland Ltd.

3. #UN ATTACK: A car bomb which struck the United Nations’ main office in Abuja, Nigeria today is understood to have killed at least 16 people and injured 11 others.

4. #ANGLO: Anglo Irish Bank has reported pre-tax losses of €101 million for the first half of this year. Total assets at Anglo fell by €16.7 billion and its impaired loans now stand at €16.9 billion. The bank posted losses of €8.2 billion for the same period of 2010 – the worst results in Irish corporate history.

5. #TGIF: It’s Friday, and to ease you into the weekend, TheJournal.ie has a few stories today to make you smile: TheLine has been asking people if their glass is half empty or half full; astronomers say they have found a previously unknown planet made entirely of diamond; and this week’s Friday at the Movies short film is Teeth, by Ruairi O’Brien and John Kennedy.

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