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The 5 at 5: Friday

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. #AUSTERITY Ireland’s four-year austerity plan in a nutshell: €7.75billion in cuts and €4.65billion in tax hikes. In a major economic speech in Dublin this afternoon, the Minister for Finance announced updates to the government’s budget plan for the next four years. Read it as it unfolded here on our liveblog.

2. #G20 The G20 leaders have released their final communiqué, in which they pledge to work together to reinvigorate economic growth, create jobs and promote social inclusion. They will set up a task force to work on youth employment; have agreed on measures so that no financial firm can be deemed “too big to fail” and have pledged to improve energy markets.

3. #PHARMACIES The head of the Irish Pharmacy Union has warned of major job losses in Irish pharmacies as they struggle to compete with Tesco, which opened its first two pharmacies here this week. But the National Consumer Agency has welcomed the news that the pharmacies have opened, as it says it will lead to lower prices for the consumer.

4. #TWITTER WAR Take a look at the messy (and entertaining) war of words that has broken out involving Eamon Dunphy, George Hook, Sam Smyth, Denis O’Brien and Elaine Byrne. We trace how the story developed, tweet by tweet.

5. #AL SHABAB DONKEYS You wouldn’t usually associate donkeys with militant activity, but the Kenyan military has warned that large groups of donkeys in Somalia will be considered “Al Shabab activity”, after reports that the animals were being used by militants to transport weapons in their battle to take control of all of war-torn Somalia.

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