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Dublin: 13°C Wednesday 4 August 2021

Take 5: Thursday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

Every afternoon, TheJournal.iebrings you the five news stories you should know about by 5pm.

1. #WORLD CUP England loses out on its bid to host the 2018 World Cup in football – to Russia. Qatar will host football’s biggest tournament in 2022.

2. #DUBLIN A suspected gas explosion in a cafe sealed off O’Connell Street today – traffic has now reopened, although weather conditions continue to play havoc with roads, deliveries and public transport. Dublin Airport is still closed until at least 5.30pm and the Luas Green line has suspended service between St Stephen’s Green and Sandyford.

3. #CLERICAL ABUSE The victim of a Catholic priest who abused him as a young boy in the US has been awarded $30m – the highest ever compensation award ever made to a victim of clerical abuse.

4. #QANTAS TURNS OIRISH A major Australian newspaper has apologised to Qantas chief Alan Joyce after one of their columnists ridiculed his Irish accent.

5. #BAILOUT The Dutch media are suggesting that the EU bailout of Ireland could cause the collapse of the Dutch government. Ready why, here…

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