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Take 5: Thursday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

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EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you five things you really should know before heading out the door…

1. #TERESA TREACY: The Teresa Treacy Support Group has welcomed the “unexpected” decision to release the Co. Offaly landowner from Mountjoy Prison, where she has been held for the past three weeks for refusing to allow workers from ESB and Eirgrid to cut down trees on her land. Earlier today, the two utility companies called for her release.

2. #RACE FOR THE ÁRAS: The latest Red C opinion poll has given Michael D. Higgins a clear lead in the Presidential election with one in four voters giving him their first preference vote. Independent candidate Seán Gallagher has seen his stock rise to land him in second place in the poll with 21 per cent support.

3. #ECB: In his last press conference as president of the European Central Bank, Jean-Claude Trichet announced that the Governing Council had decided to leave key interest rates unchanged at 1.5 per cent. He also revealed new measures to tackle financial instability in the euro area, including new longer-term emergency loans and a €40 billion bond purchase programme.

4. #PLAGIARISM: The Irish Examiner is investigating “serious” claims that one of its contributors, Steven King, has been plagiarising lengthy passages from other people’s blogs and articles in his weekly international affairs column.

5. #RIP: “A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them” – Steve Jobs, 1998. On the passing of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, TheJournal.ie has 13 of the legendary inventor’s most memorable quotes, as well as his powerful address to students at Standford University graduates in 2005.

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