Champagne corks will be popping for Ireland's newest lottery multi-millionaire after a lucky punter scooped a €3.9m jackpot.
The winning ticket was sold in Dublin and will bag its owner a cool €3,950,985. The numbers drawn in the mid-week Lotto draw were 14, 31, 32, 34, 35, 40 and the bonus was 20. There was no winner of either the Lotto Plus 1 or Lotto Plus 2 top prizes.
WORKERS' PAY DOCKED
SIGNIFICANT numbers of workers who refused to register for the property tax have already had their pay docked, the Revenue Commissioners have revealed.
Vivienne Dempsey, the LPT project manager with Revenue, said that the compliance programme to identify and charge the evaders began in July. However, she said that they did not have an exact breakdown of the number of deductions made so far.
HURLING ACE (22) DIES
Hurling circles have been left reeling following the tragic death of a young inter-county player. Galway ace Niall Donoghue, who played club hurling for Kilbeacanty, died suddenly yesterday at around 7pm. He was just short of his 23rd birthday.
The young hurler played in the All-Ireland final last year and was an All-Star nominee. He had also helped the county secure glory in the 2011 U-21s All-Ireland. Pat Kearney, Galway Hurling Board secretary, said the entire community was devastated. "He was a very talented hurler who had a promising future ahead of him," he said.
DRUG MIX 'FOR HORSES'
A MAN caught importing 50kg of cocaine mixing agent avoided jail with a two-and-a-half year suspended sentence.
Paul Carthy (34) tried to convince gardai that the Benzocaine was to be used as horse tranquilliser, but when gardai put it to him that "even JP McManus wouldn't need 50kg of horse tranquilliser", Carthy had no answer, a court heard.
Two consignments of the drug were found by Customs. Carthy, of Donaghmede Avenue, Kilbarrack, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of an instrument for drug production at a facility in Fingal on April 19, 2012.
MISSING MAN PLEA
GARDAI have appealed for help in tracing a man missing for the past two weeks. William Valentine (52), of Geashill, Co Offaly, was last seen on October 10 at the Cappincur roundabout in Tullamore.
He is described as 5ft 9ins, of medium build, with grey hair and blue eyes.