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The 5 at 5: Friday

The 5 at 5: Clashes in Athens; body found during Tit Bonhomme search; a new use for vacant buildings.

Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

EVERY WEEKDAY evening, brings you the five things you need to know by 5pm.

1. #COURTS Independent TD and former minister Michael Lowry has lost a High Court appeal against broadcaster and journalist Sam Smyth over allegedly defamatory comments made against him. Lowry’s application under the Defamation Act 2009, in which he referred to comments Smyth made on an episode of Tonight with Vincent Browne in June 2010 and in an article in the Irish Independent in May 2010, was refused.

2. #GREECE Clashes have taken place in Athens, with missiles thrown at police and tear gas launched on the city’s streets. The protests are taking place following the announcement that a last-minute €130 million bailout deal will be given to the Greek government – once certain conditions are met. Greek Foreign Minister Marilisa Xenogiannakopoulou has resigned over the deal.

3. #TIT BONHOMME A fifth body has been found off the Cork coast, believed to be missing crewman Saied Ali Eldin. No official confirmation of the body’s identity has been given but Valentia Coast Guard said the remains were found during a search for Ali Eldin, who went missing on 15 January after the Tit Bonhomme trawler sank.

4. #STRIPE Two Irish brothers have created an online payment company, Stripe, that is ‘worth $100m’ after new investments. Stripe has been called a rival to PayPal and was set up by Patrick and John Collison, two brothers from Limerick.

5. #PRETTY VACANT Vacant buildings could be used for art in a new plan in Dublin. The initiative, which is being promoted by Dublin City Council, involves a register of property owners and artists interested in vacant space. Two spaces owned by the council at Liberty Corner will also be available for artistic use.

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