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Take 5: Thursday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

Image: Iwona Erskine-Kellie via Flickr

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

1. #FF HEAVE: He is, he isn’t…. When the Fianna Fail parliamentary party was postponed for three hours to this afternoon, speculation about Brian Cowen’s future as leader of the party hit fever pitch. It now appears that the Taoiseach is opposing any motion against him and will be speaking to every senator and TD in Fianna Fail in coming days to gauge their level of support for him. Meanwhile, Sinn Fein gave Cowen a further shove by confirming the party would be tabling a motion of no confidence in him as Taoiseach in the Dail next week.

2. #THE KINGDOM: A second Irish newspaper folds within a week – this time it’s The Kingdom paper in Co Kerry, with the loss of 11 full-time jobs.

3. #MAURITIUS: The Mauritian tourism industry is starting to count the cost of the international publicity of Michaela McAreavey’s death in one of their hotels. Irish travel agents report varied degrees of reaction to the tragedy here – one says enquiries about holidays in Mauritius have dropped dramatically while another says that honeymooners due to check into the hotel in which Michaela died appear happy to stay there.

4. #ROADS: The Garda Ombudsman is investigating a crash in Limerick in which two pedestrians were killed in an incident involving a Garda car. Two other people died overnight in relation to crashes in Offaly and Tallaght, Dublin.

5. #ETNA: Dramatic footage has emerged of Mount Etna erupting last night. Etna is the world’s largest active volcano and lies close to a number of towns and cities on the island of Sicily.

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