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Take 5: Thursday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

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Every afternoon, brings you five things you need to know before 5 o’clock.

1. #LEADERS’ DEBATE: The leaders of the five main political parties have been outlining their views on a possible series of televised election debates. Fianna Fáil’s Micheál Martin has been criticised by Fine Gael, the Green Party and Sinn Féin for his interest in pursuing a three-way debate instead of involving all five parties. See how they all stand on the debates.

2. #BERTIE: A Dublin city councillor who confronted Bertie Ahern as he departed the Dáil today said she was “incensed” by his “smug face”. Joan Collins interrupted an RTÉ interview with Ahern to say he should be ashamed of himself. Ahern responded by saying “Thank you” and added that “people come along here to try and get themselves on TV and radio”.

3. #ANONYMOUS: Police in the UK have arrested five men aged between 15 and 26 today on suspicion of involvement in a serious of recent cyber attacks by Anonymous.

4. #GE11: According to a trust survey undertaken by communications company Edelman Ireland, Ireland has the lowest trust in its system of government of 23 countries surveyed. At the launch of the survey, Enda Kenny compared the Irish political situation to the Nazi siege of Leningrad in WWII.

5. #IRAQ: Forty-eight people have been killed in a car bomb attack on a funeral ceremony in Baghdad today, the AFP reports. Over 100 people were injured. In a separate attack in the city, a further five people were killed and 21 injured by a roadside bomb.

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