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Councils dig deep to help arts centre

CASH-STRAPPED local authorities were forced to bail out a community centre in financial difficulty, new figures show. Clare Co Council and Ennis Town Council provided an additional €154,000 last year to address the losses of the Glor music centre.

The money is in addition to the €270,000 annual subsidy that the councils provide to the 565-seater arts venue.

Pharmacy chain creates 20 new jobs

A PHARMACY chain is creating 20 new jobs with the opening of a €600,000 pharmacy and health check unit in Dublin.

McCabe's Pharmacy said it was recruiting pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, health screening practitioners and nurses, as well as health and beauty advisors for the new 4,500sq ft outlet at the Blanchardstown Shopping Centre. The company said it would also be hiring 25 temporary workers for the Christmas period.

Deadline set for fuel surcharge claims

IRISH air travellers who purchased flights on certain British Airways (BA) and Virgin Atlantic routes between 2004 and 2006, have just a few weeks to claim a refund of illegal fuel charges they were forced to pay. This follows the reaching of a proposed settlement in class actions in both the US and the UK over the surcharges on BA and Virgin 'long-haul' flights during that time.

The settlement requires the two airlines to refund up to £73.5m (€92m) to class action members in the UK. The refunds will be worth one-third of the fuel surcharge and a typical refund for a family of four could be as much as £80 (€100).

Editor's columns to raise hospice cash

A BOOK compiled of columns by one of the best-known provincial newspaper editors has been published to raise funds for a hospice foundation.

The family of the late 'Connacht Tribune' editor John Cunningham, who died in February aged 66, have produced the book from weekly columns he wrote over the years. 'As I Saw It' features his work and proceeds from the book will go to the Galway Hospice.

Lotto jackpot rolls over to €3m prize

THERE was no winner of the weekend Lotto jackpot and Wednesday's will be worth €3m. The numbers drawn were 4, 11, 17, 28, 39, 45 and the bonus was 10.

There was one winning ticket for the Lotto Plus 1 top prize with the winning ticket sold in Dublin. The numbers drawn were 6, 7, 12, 18,43, and 44. The bonus number was 16. There was no winner of the Lotto Plus 2 draw after numbers 3, 7, 32, 41, 42, and 43 were drawn. The bonus was 17.

Irish Independent