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Take 5: Thursday

A tragedy at Cork Airport kills six people; Fine Gael questions Brian Lenihan’s story regarding the delay in recapitalising the banks; and rumours abound that Egypt’s president could be close to stepping down after weeks of street protests…

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

1. #CORK CRASH: Six people were killed in a plane crash involving a Manx Airline commuter plane at Cork Airport this morning.

A total of 12 people were on board the flight, including British, Irish and Spanish passport holders, RTÉ reports. The first survivor has been identified as Donal Walsh, a recent graduate from Waterford Institute of Technology.

It has been confirmed that the plane attempted to land three times in low visibility, however the cause of the crash is still being investigated.

2. #GE11: Fine Gael’s finance spokesman Michael Noonan has said he believes the Minister for Finance may not have received total approval from the IMF, European Central Bank and European Commission before announcing the delay to the recapitalisation of Ireland’s banks.

Lenihan said he had received full backing for the delay from each of the three parties funding Ireland’s €67.5bn deal, however today Noonan said: “This agreement goes against the terms of the current agreement with the IMF-EU.”

3. #EGYPT: Reports have indicated that Egypt’s president, Hosni Mubarak, may be close to stepping down.

Mubarak is likely to address the nation tonight, after weeks of street protests by Egyptian citizen who are demanding an end to his 30-year rule of the country.

4. #GAZA: A group of Irish artists, including actor Stephen Rea, have launched a fundraising project to help an Irish ship join an international flotilla to Gaza later this year.

The “Freedom Flotilla 2″ will attempt to bring aid and support to the Gaza strip in late May on the first anniversary of the ill-fated Freedom Flotilla last year, in which nine activists died.

5. #TWITTER: Facebook and Google are getting set for a bidding war regarding the takeover of micro-blogging website Twitter.

Speculation concerning the potential valuations of the firm have been identified as anywhere from $8 to $10 billion.

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