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Sunday 10 December 2023 Dublin: 10°C

The 5 at 5 5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

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

1. #FINANCE BILL: Despite yesterday’s agreement to clear Dáil business to concentrate on passing the Finance Bill, the Bill could still fail to pass. Independent TD Michael Lowry said today he could not support the Bill “in its current format”. He said he is not in a position to vote in favour of the Bill until certain amendments are made, meaning sufficient support for the Bill is in doubt.

2. #MIDDLE EAST: The fallout from Tunisia’s Jasmine Revolution continues as protesters take to the streets in Tunisia, Egypt and Lebanon, demanding political reform. Demonstrators in Egypt are calling their protest a “day of revolt against poverty, corruption and unemployment”.

3. #FIRE: Two people, a brother and sister, have died in a house fire in Midleton, Co Cork. The fire broke out at about 5.15am today and the scene has been sealed off for a technical examination.

4. #JOAN BURTON: Labour’s spokesperson for finance Joan Burton TD became an international trending topic on Twitter last night during her appearance on TV3′s Tonight with Vincent Browne. However, the TD’s performance received few positive responses on Twitter – check out our slideshow of some of the comments posted.

5. #OSCARS: Irish director Michael Creagh has been nominated for an Oscar for his short film, The Crush. The film stars Creagh’s son in the main role as an eight-year-old boy who wants revenge after discovering the teacher he has a crush on has a boyfriend.