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Take 5: Thursday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

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EACH WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you five stories you really should check out by 5pm.

1. #ALCOHOL: Two barmen have been found not guilty of the manslaughter of a man who died from alcohol poisoning after drinking at the bar where they worked in Hayes’ Hotel, Thurles in 2008.

2. #STORMONT: The DUP’s Peter Robinson has been returned as First Minister and Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness has been appointed Deputy First Minister at the new Stormont Assembly which met for the first time in Belfast this afternoon.

3. #NAZI TRIAL: A former Nazi death camp guard has been convicted of being accessory to the murder of thousands of people at Sobibor concentration camp. John Demjanjuk, 91, has been sentenced to five years in prison. In the 1980s, Demjanjuk was wrongly found guilty of being the notorious Nazi guard ‘Ivan the Terrible’ at Treblinka concentration camp.

4. #INSIDER TRADING: Former hedge fund titan Raj Rajaratnam, apparently worth $1.3bn, has been convicted of insider trading in New York. He was caught out by a tool which has previously been used against mobsters and drug barons – a wiretap.

5. #DEFAULT: With Ireland still trying to negotiate down its bailout interest rate and Greece veering towards a default, Argentinian Andres Blumenthal has been describing what it is like to live in a country that has defaulted on its national debt. Andres and his family were trying to run a business when Argentina defaulted in 2002: the result was anarchy, political instability, a black market, violence and fear. The country has been slowly recovering ever since.

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