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Thursday 17 April 2014

It's another rollover

THERE was no winner of the €3,583,097 weekend Lotto jackpot. The numbers drawn were 8, 11, 20, 34, 36, 42 and the bonus was 7. The jackpot is now heading for €4m. There was one winner of the €350,000 Lotto Plus 1 draw, with the ticket sold in the south. The numbers were 12, 14, 18, 20, 33, 35 and the bonus was 44.

There was also no winner of the €250,000 Lotto Plus 2 draw. The numbers were 5, 12, 13, 35, 36, 42 and the bonus was 7.

Clinton's award nod

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been nominated for a peace award, just days after visiting Ireland. A shortlist has been released for the 2012 Tipperary International Peace Award. Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, who was shot earlier this year, also made the list.

President of the Indian National Congress Sonia Ghandi, former Kenyan journalist John Githongo, and non-profit Catholic peace movement Pax Christi International have also made the list. The winner will be announced on January 1.

Traveller scheme shut

A LOCAL authority has been forced to close two Traveller accommodation developments following a series of incidents. The two sites at Ashline and Beech Park in Ennis, which account for 11pc of all Traveller-specific accommodation in Co Clare, have been subject to arson and vandalism attacks.

The damage caused in last week's double arson attack at Beech Park has been estimated at €80,000, while the council had already spent €51,000 on refurbishment works following another attack in 2010.

Abbey pension deficit

THE Abbey Theatre has shut down its pension scheme due to a deficit of almost €2m. The national theatre has admitted pension cuts are on the way for former Abbey actors and staff who have not yet reached retirement age.

It has emerged that the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht turned down a request for a pensions bailout from the theatre. Abbey director of finance Declan Cantwell said it had wound up the scheme.

Irish Independent

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