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Take 5: Thursday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock

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

1. #EUROZONE Ireland’s EU/IMF bailout could be cut by around two per cent, according to a draft agreement currently being discussed at the emergency EU summit in Brussels. Taoiseach Enda Kenny is among the European leaders in attendance as attempts are made to try to ease the debt crisis. Ireland currently pays 5.54 per cent in interest on its loans.

2. #SUPERQUINN The chief executive of Superquinn has resigned, saying that the supermarket chain was placed into receivership in order to ensure the maximum amount of sale proceeds for banks. Andrew Street also also said that suppliers are being turned away without payment. Superquinn went into receivership on Tuesday evening and on Wednesday morning was bought by Musgrave.

3. #RACE FOR THE ÁRAS Senator David Norris revealed today that he has 13 of the 20 Oireachtas signatures he needs in order to secure a presidential nomination. A candidate must have either the support of four county council or the 20 signatures, but Norris has been unable thus far to secure the necessary support.

4. #NURSE A fourth person has died at a hospital in Manchester amid suspicions that patients were poisoned when fatal levels of insulin were added to their saline drips. Nurse Rebecca Leighton is being questioned over the deaths and staff at the hospital have now been ordered to work in pairs.

5. #SHUTTLE The spaces shuttle Atlantis landed safely at the Kennedy Space Centre at Cape Canaveral in Florida earlier, bringing the US shuttle programme to an end. Commander Chris Ferguson ended the journey with the words: “After serving the world for 30 years the space shuttle has earned its place in history and it’s come to a final stop”. You can watch the final landing here and watch live as the shuttle is towed back to base.

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