In brief: New Arts Minister Deenihan to lead St Patrick's Day parade in London
The new Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan, will lead the London St Patrick's Day parade today from Hyde Park Corner to Trafalgar Square, along with the deputy mayor of London, Richard Barnes.
"It is great to be part of this important celebration of all things Irish and to acknowledge the tremendous contribution that Irish men and women have made to Britain over the years," Mr Barnes said.
"Relations between Britain and Ireland are stronger now than at any time in our shared recent history and the forthcoming royal visit will provide an excellent opportunity to celebrate what has been achieved, especially the successful peace process in Northern Ireland."
Mr Deenihan said the key role of ministers travelling to cities such as London was to show that Ireland meant business, but we also know how to enjoy our culture, music and traditions.
"The Government is determined to rebuild Ireland's reputation internationally and to drive export-led economic recovery. The UK is the third-largest investor in Ireland after the US and Germany," he added.
Calling all Paddies for Guinness fest
Dublin will have its first 'Patrick Parade' hosted by Guinness Storehouse during their St Patrick's Day Festival.
Everybody with the first name of Patrick will be offered free entry to the storehouse for the celebrations and will then be invited to take part in the 'Patrick Parade' to celebrate their namesake alongside a marching band.
Those not named Patrick can still get involved in the storehouse celebrations with complimentary refreshments and an interactive ceili. All details can be found at www.guinness-storehouse.com.
Lotto jackpot now a €10m rollover
THERE was no winner of last night's €8,615,279 Lotto jackpot. The numbers were 3, 21, 24, 32, 34, 37 (bonus 23). Wednesday's jackpot is heading towards €10m.
There was one Match 5+bonus winner who gets €25,000; 72 Match 5s (€1,570); 160 Match 4+bonus (€177); 3,191 Match 4s (€55); 4,196 Match 3+bonus (€28); and 52,771 Match 3s (€5). The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 7, 15, 17, 18, 40, 44 (bonus 19) and the Lotto Plus 2 numbers were 5, 11, 12, 18, 27, 32 (bonus 1).
In the UK draw for £4.5m, the numbers were 7, 17, 19, 29, 30, 38 (bonus 40).
Delta flight forced to turn around
A Delta Airlines flight was forced to dump thousands of litres of fuel over the Atlantic yesterday, before returning to Dublin Airport after a passenger became ill on board the transatlantic jet. The flight was about 376km west of Mayo when the pilot made the decision.
Fight for 'Travellers Got Talent' rights
My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding was such a hit that TV companies are now fighting over the rights to a new show, Travellers Got Talent. The show will allow people to vote for talented Irish Travellers and gypsies, who will be singing, rapping and dancing.
Jake Bowers of Gypsy Media Company said: "It would be phenomenal. There are so many talented people in the Traveller community. We've had calls from production companies who want to turn it into something."
Recently Channel 4's My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding was an unexpected hit on British TV. But former Olympic boxer and Traveller Francie Barrett, who proudly led the Irish representatives at the opening of the 1996 Atlanta Games and lives between England and Galway, has mixed feelings about the programme.
"There were not too many older ones and a lot of 16- and 17-year-olds who were showing off," said Barrett. "It was entertaining but there was a lot of silly stuff. I did not like the very young girls being dolled up -- it was completely out of proportion."
Dirty protest on cards at Antrim jail
Prison officers suspect that a new 'dirty protest' is on the cards at Maghaberry Prison, Co Antrim. Fears of a protest at the jail come after three dissident republicans quit a segregated unit at the prison on Wednesday.
Their decision to quit Roe House has also prompted fears of another split among the dissidents.
Reports within the prison say the three men met a senior governor in the jail on Wednesday afternoon and told him they didn't want to take part in a dirty protest that is being planned.
Appeal to identify road-crash victim
Gardai at Boyle are seeking the public's assistance in identifying the victim of a fatal road traffic collision that occurred on the N4 at Ardcarne, which is between Boyle and Carrick on Shannon.
The collision occurred at around 4.30am yesterday and involved a van and a male pedestrian in his 20s, shaven headed and wearing blue jeans, white runners, a grey T-shirt and a dark charcoal-coloured zip-up top. His body was removed to Roscommon County Hospital.
Anyone who may be able to assist in identifying this man or who may have witnessed the collision is asked to contact gardai on 071 9664620.
Browne poised to secure Dail post
The veteran Fianna Fail chairman John Browne is poised to secure the last major political plum of the 31st Dail.
Though Browne is facing competition for the Leas Ceann Comhairle's post -- which attracts a junior ministerial salary -- from Michael Kitt, John McGuinness, and, most surprisingly of all, from former Ceann Comhairle Seamus Kirk, the achievement of the well-respected chairperson of Fianna Fail in holding the Fianna Fail party together in the last Dail means he is the favourite to secure the post.
It is also believed that Mr Browne's case will be helped by the Dail convention where the chairperson of the largest opposition party is offered the position.
In last week's edition of the Sunday Independent a quotation was wrongly attributed to the mother of one of two young men stabbed and seriously injured in Ballybrack in south County Dublin.
The article stated: "Luke's mother, Jane, said yesterday: 'Karl and his friend were walking these two girls to the bus. He said he had no idea what happened. He saw Luke fall over and was walking towards him when he felt some one punched him.'
The quotation was in fact from Jane Kane, mother of Karl Kane, and should have read "Karl's mother". We apologise for the mistake and wish to make it clear that the mother of Luke Phoenix, the other injured youth, did not speak to the Sunday Independent.