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Take 5: Wednesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

EACH WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you five stories you really should check out by 5pm.

1. #CLOYNE The Taoiseach Enda Kenny has launched an attack on the Vatican, condemning the “dysfunction and disconnection’ of the Catholic Church and accusing it of downplaying the rape and torture of children in favour of upholding the reputation of the institution. There have also been further calls for the expulsion of the Papal Nuncio from Ireland during a motion in the Dáil today on the Cloyne Report.

2. #ABUSE The directors of Coláiste Cholmcille, the school where convicted sex offender caretaker Michael Ferry worked, issued a statement today reiterating that Ferry was not employed as a caretaker after his conviction in 2002. The school has said that he was employed to carry out odd jobs, and was always in the company of other workers.

3. #ABDUCTION Gardaí in Offaly are investigating reports of an attempted abduction yesterday evening. A girl in her early teens escaped from a man driving a white van outside Ferbane following a brief struggle.  Gardaí are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

4. #AMERICAN AIRLINES American Airlines has announced that it’s to buy at least 460 new planes in the next five years, after yesterday announcing that it’s to close its Dublin office with the loss of 130 jobs. Unions and management are meeting today to discuss the announcement. The airline’s parent company reported a net quarterly loss of $286 million.

5. #HACKING Hugh Grant and Jemima Khan have won the right to access to police records of the phone-hacking affair. The pair want to sue the police for failure to act on evidence received in 2007. It’s also emerged today that senior royal staff were “gobsmacked” when David Cameron  hired former News of the World editor Andy Coulson in 2007. Cameron has admitted today that hiring him was a mistake.

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