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Take 5: Monday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.
Apr 4th 2011, 4:50 PM 2,674 7

Every weekday evening,TheJournal.ie brings you the five things you really need to know by 5pm.

1. #ASSAULT: A man has been arrested following a violent incident in Raheny, Dublin where a garda was slashed across the face with a broken bottle. The officer had been called to an incident where an “unprovoked” attack had been launched on another man who was out walking with his young son and partner.

2. #VISITS: TheJournal.ie has discovered that all Garda annual leave has been cancelled between 16 and 25 May. Queen Elizabeth II’s visit is now likely to be confirmed from 17 to 20 May, with President Barack Obama to arrive in the days that follow. Speaking of Obama, he announced today that he’s definitely seeking a second presidential term in 2012: see his new campaign video here.

3. #IVOR CALLELY: Senator Ivor Callely has been fined €60 and given four penalty points on his licence for driving while holding a mobile phone. He had denied the offence, claiming that he was using a hands-free device.

4. #CHERNOBYL: A report from Greenpeace states that food eaten in the Ukraine is still contaminated by radiation from the Chernobyl accident there 25 years ago.

5. #LIBYA: Two rescue teams have evacuated hundreds of wounded people from a Libyan hospital on two ships. Medecins sans Frontieres have provided TheJournal.ie photographs of the mercy mission from inside their rescue boat.

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