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Dublin: 8 °C Thursday 12 December, 2019
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Take 5: Tuesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

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

1. #BRRR: Transport chaos will continue into this evening after much of Ireland’s east coast saw unrelenting snowfall all day. Dublin Airport remains closed until at least 8pm tonight, while Irish Rail are asking travellers to expect heavy delays.

Dublin Bus routes remain heavily curtailed, though the Luas continues to operate a full service. AA Roadwatch reports difficulties nationwide, with freezing fog adding to already difficult conditions. Simply put, if you can avoid travel, do so.

You can follow more up-to-date weather and transport details by following our Twitter list at @thejournal_ie/bigfreeze.

2. #AIB: Allied Irish Banks has been fined €2m by the Central Bank for overcharging its customers. The Central Bank had found there were unacceptable delays between AIB becoming aware of incorrect fees being levied on accounts and in paying out refunds, and for failing to have adequate control systems for complying with banking regulations.

The fine is the largest ever given out to a bank in this country.

3. #RYANAIR: A Ryanair plane is being examined today after it had to be evacuated in Kerry Airport this morning, when smoke was detected in the plane’s cockpit.

The plane had been travelling to the airport from London Stansted, but had managed to arrive safely with no passengers harmed.

4. #ROBERT HAMILL: Three people are to be charged in connection with the death of Robert Hamill 13 years ago. Hamill, a Catholic, was beaten to death by a loyalist mob in Co Armagh in April 1997 and died after 11 days in hospital.

5. #BANGLADESH: Two men have been arrested in Bangladesh in connection with the death of a 40-year-old woman, who died after being publicly flogged for supposedly having a sexual relationship with her stepson.

Bangladesh outlawed such punishments earlier this year, and the woman’s death is thought to be the first since the new laws were introduced.

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