THE world's second richest man, Microsoft tycoon Bill Gates, who is worth €65bn, will meet President Michael D Higgins for an hour at Aras an Uachtarain next Tuesday. The meeting will centre on the work Mr Gates carries out as part of his charitable foundation. It is also believed that Mr Gates will meet U2 singer Bono during his Irish visit.
Speaking about their friendship, the Microsoft chief said recently: "I get to hang out with a lot of very cool and inspiring people. But none more so than Bono. I first met him a decade ago, and we've worked together a lot since."
Archbishop warns church over abuse
THE church has "underestimated the effect" that sex abuse scandals have had on young people, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin told a new Diocesan Child Safeguarding Committee in Clonliffe, Dublin, yesterday.
He said that safeguarding children was an important element in ensuring the credibility of the church. "There is no way we can afford to be complacent," he said. "We have to keep our watch up. I look to you to provide leadership."
Winning numbers in €8m Lotto draw
TheRE was no winner in last night's €8,229,764 Lotto jackpot. The numbers are 10, 17, 19, 26, 36, 40 (bonus 43).
There was one Match 5+bonus winner who gets €25k; 46 Match 5s (€1,965); 96 Match 4+bonus (€236); 2,637 Match 4s (€53); 3,036 Match 3+bonus (€31) and 44,871 Match 3s (€5). The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 2, 16, 30, 32, 37, 40 (bonus 22) and the Lotto Plus 2 numbers were 12, 18, 25, 29, 43, 44 (bonus 35).
And in the UK main draw for stg£4m the numbers were 5, 9, 13, 16, 35, 39 (bonus 11).
A hundred garda stations due to shut
NINETY-five garda stations will be shut by the end of this month. Another five stations will close in following weeks. The regions taking the biggest hit are Galway (10 stations), Sligo/Leitrim (9), Kerry (9), Clare (7) and Roscommon and Mayo (6 each). Full details on www.garda.ie.
UK agreement 'will lead to green jobs'
COMMUNICATIONS Minister Pat Rabbitte has claimed thousands of jobs may be created in Irish renewable energy after next week's agreement with Ed Davey, the UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.
Mr Rabbitte said such agreements, involving the export of Irish electricity, could provide the State with "a real opportunity to develop our abundant natural resources" and "there is obvious job potential".
Mass for climber atop Croagh Patrick
A SPECIAL Mass in memory of adventurer Ian McKeever, who was killed by lightning on Africa's Mount Kilimanjaro some weeks ago, will be celebrated in the tiny oratory on the summit of Croagh Patrick in two weeks' time.
McKeever's fiancee, fellow mountaineer Anna O'Loughlin, is to be invited on the Croagh Patrick trek, which will take place on Saturday, February 2.
Taoiseach to discuss 'Week In Politics'
Taoiseach Enda Kenny will be interviewed by Sean O'Rourke on The Week In Politics at midday on RTE One. He will discuss bank debt relief, property tax and jobs.
O'Keeffe to retire from High Court
THE Hon Mr Justice Daniel O'Keeffe will retire from the High Court this week. His final sitting will be in Court No 5, Four Courts, at 10.30am on Wednesday.
Diesel seizures triple in four years
THE amount of illegal diesel seized in the past four years has tripled, and in the South East region the amount of oil seized by Gardai, Revenue & Customs is up 1,000 per cent.
Piper and harpist take O Riada prize
MONAGHAN piper Tiarnan O Duinnchinn and Dublin harpist Oisin Morrison were this year's winners of the Sean O Riada gold medal in the concert final, which took place in Cork on Friday night.
Dublin housewife leaves €4m in will
A DUBLIN housewife, Julia O'Buachalla of Eglington Park, Donnybrook, Dublin, who died on December 29, 2010, has left €4,788,989 in her will.
Other wills: Edward V Hanbidge, farmer, Stratford-on-Slaney, Co Wicklow, €1,572,401; Angus Diarmaid Seymour Kinkead Allen, doctor, Durban, South Africa and formerly of Killiney Towers, Killiney, Co Dublin, €1,516,975; Hubert Costello, farmer, Tubber, Moate, Co Westmeath, €1,253,089; Laurence Ward, furniture dealer, formerly of Highfield Road, Rathgar, Dublin, €1,455,551; Kevin Nolan, farmer, Grangeford, Co Carlow, €1,350,943; and Joseph Byrne, Foxhall, Athy, Co Kildare, €1,300,000.