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Dublin: 11°C Wednesday 18 May 2022
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Take 5: Wednesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

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

1. #WIKILEAKS A Wikileak document has revealed that the United States believed the Irish government only began to protest its use of Shannon airport for military stopovers as a political ploy ahead of the general election. TheJournal.ie was first to reveal the Wikileaks ‘Cablegate’ document with this information today – this is the full memo.

2. #BIG FREEZE Dublin Airport is closed until 7pm tonight as staff try to clear the runways of snow and ice; train services are packed full as most buses in the city centre are suspended – and many public transport websites crash under the heavy (internet) traffic.

3. #BAILOUT The Department of Finance publishes details of the €85bn bailout agreement it has put together with the EU and the IMF. It confirms that the agreement can be reviewed every three months by the EU/IMF to make sure Ireland is fulfilling its terms.

4. #CELTIC BOOKMAKERS Newstalk presenter and former FG minister Ivan Yates has to shut two of his Celtic Bookmakers stores and shed staff as a result of the economic downturn.

5.  #MOTORING The vehicle registration website Cartell.ie suggests that one in three cars imported to Ireland from the UK has been ‘clocked’, previously written off – or subject to repossession orders.

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