Lotto heads for €5.5m
Saturday's Lotto jackpot is heading for €5.5m after the midweek jackpot of more than €5m failed to find a winner. The numbers were 2, 8, 16, 18, 30 and 45. The bonus was 43. In the Lotto Plus 1 draw the top prize of €350,000 also went unclaimed. The numbers were 4, 6, 11, 23, 37 and 45. The bonus was 44.
There was also no winner of the top €250,000 prize in the Lotto Plus 2 draw. The numbers were 10, 11, 18, 30, 31 and 43. The bonus was 13
Gardai have seized cannabis plants with an estimated street value of €240,000 after uncovering a growhouse in Carlow town.
Officers found about 300 plants at various stages of growth in the house at Old Burrin in the town during a search operation yesterday. A technical examination of the scene was later carried out.
Train horn ban call
Irish Rail has been asked to ensure its drivers don't sound their train horns while travelling through a town.
The request came from Carrick-on-Suir Labour councillor Bobby Fitzgerald who said he had received "a number of calls from people who had been awoken by trains hooting" in the Tipperary town. He described the drivers' actions as "noise pollution'' and urged Irish Rail to "reprimand its drivers'', whom he described "as childish''.
Teen on drunk charge
A judge wondered why a teenager home for Christmas from London was as "meek as a mouse" in Britain and created trouble in Ireland. Judge Kevin Kilrane was dealing with 18-year-old Barry McGroary for being drunk in public in Donegal while still on two suspended prison sentences.
He remanded McGroary, of Ballintooey Ballintra, on bail to July 22, when he is due in court for consideration of penalty on an earlier assault offence.
Cancer fears probed
IT is hoped a new research project will ease a town's fears that it lives in a high-risk cancer zone. The project by Dr Antoinette O'Connor and backed by the National Cancer Registry said that the town of Cobh's 37pc higher risk of cancer cannot be blamed on a toxic dump in the harbour.
Fears mounted five years ago when a 500,000-tonne chemical dump was founded on Haulbowline Island. However, the research project said these figures can't be linked to the dump. Dr O'Connor said the town of Bandon has the same level of cancer as Cobh – but the same suspicions don't exist.