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

EACH WEEKDAY EVENING, bring you five stories you really should check out by 5pm.

1. #FÁS: Employees of the soon-to-be-disbanded State training agency FÁS are to take their fight to the Labour Court to retain up to 44 days of extra annual leave in the last two years before they retire. SIPTU has said today that the pre-retirement leave issue had reared its head even before the Government announced the transfer of employees to new agency Solas. Here they explain why FÁS workers deserve the extra leave>

2. #AUSTRALIA: It has taken explosive specialists ten hours to free a teenage girl from a device which was strapped to her neck at her home in an upmarket suburb of Sydney. Police are now investigating to see if the device could have exploded – and hunting the person who put it there.

3. #ÁRAS 2011: Sources close to former MEP, former presidential candidate and former Eurovision winner Dana say she’s considering putting her name forward for a run at the Áras this year.

4. #HACKING: Beware an increase in phone hacking in Ireland. No, not NoTW-style hacking – the Communications Regulator explains that this type involves someone hacking into a company’s phone system to make free calls at the business’s expense. This is already an increase of such cases reported this year.

5. #TALL SHIPS: Something to soothe you into the evening… photographer Paul O’Neill has captured the 72 hours at the Waterford Tall Ships festival in this stunning bird’s-eye view timelapse video. Aaaanndd relax.

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