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Take 5: Monday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

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

1. #MICHAELA: Michaela McAreavey was laid to rest in Co Tyrone earlier today, one week after she was murdered while on holiday in Mauritius. Hundreds of mourners attended the funeral. Addressing the congratation, Bishop McAreavey said: ”An evil act ended Michaela’s life last Monday. It robbed John of his beautiful wife, and deprived her brothers and parents of their precious sister and daughter”.

2. #FF HEAVE: A number of Fianna Fáil ministers of state have called on their party colleagues to vote against Cowen in tomorrow’s motion of confidence in the party leader, with Conor Lenihan describing the party grassroots’ view of Cowen as a “dead man walking”.

3. #APPLE: Apple CEO Steve Jobs has announced he is taking a leave of absence for medical reasons. Jobs, who had a liver transplant in 2009, did not specify how long he would be out and said he would “continue as CEO and be involved in major strategic decisions for the company”.

4. #WIKILEAKS: A Swiss banking whistleblower has provided WikiLeaks with the details of offshore bank accounts held in Swiss banks by about 2,000 celebrities and high-profile figures. Former banker Rudolf Elmer says he believes the accounts are held to avoid paying tax, and claims at least 40 politicians are among those on his list.

5. #JACK YEATS: Two paintings by Jack B Yeats which have never previously been shown to the public are to go on display in Sligo at the start of February. Owned by writer Graham Greene, the two pieces were sold at auction last month to a private collector. Check out the pic exclusive in our slideshow of the paintings.

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