Sunday 18 March 2018

Dissident FF TD O'Keeffe vows he will pull support if welfare payments cut

Dissident Fianna Fail TD Ned O'Keeffe has warned the Taoiseach that he will not support the Government if it cuts welfare payments.

The Cork maverick and former minister of state told the Sunday Independent that the billions worth of cuts contemplated for the next Budget could be "a disaster that will leave us (FF) dead'', adding that a pre-December election was now almost inevitable.

Mr O'Keeffe said that given the scale of cuts, Minister Lenihan could not avoid cutting social welfare and that he and other backbench FF TDs "won't wear the Budget if there are cuts''. He also claimed that any new cuts would destroy support for Fianna Fail "amongst the working class families in the terraces'' and the party would be routed by a Budget that would "kill its own people."

No winner of €8,758,897 Lotto

THERE was no winner of last night's €8,758,897 Lotto jackpot. The numbers were 1, 3, 24, 32, 33, 45 (bonus 15).

There were four Match 5+bonus winners, who each get €25k; 64 Match 5s (€1,895); 189 Match 4+bonus (€160); 3,256 Match 4s (€57); 4,669 Match 3+bonus (€27); and 56,767 Match 3s (€5). In the Lotto Plus 1 draw, the numbers were 3, 5, 24, 26, 29, 34 (bonus 11) and the Lotto Plus 2 numbers were 2, 9, 10, 30, 34, 40 (bonus 44).

In the UK draw for stg£4.4m, the numbers were 10, 16, 25, 26, 32, 40 (bonus 46).

Crash victim buried father last year

A young man who died in a road crash in Co Tipperary on Thursday only buried his father last December.

Robert 'Robbie' Cahill, 25, from Mountshannon, Co Clare, was fatally injured shortly after 4pm on Thursday when the van in which he was travelling crashed into a ditch at Traverston, near Dolla in Co Tipperary. Mr Cahill's older brother Fintan, 36, the driver of the car, was injured.

The victim's father, Padraic, passed away only last December, following an illness.

Courts may force earlier by-elections

The Government's plan to hold the three pending Dail by-elections next April may yet be scuppered by the courts.

The Labour Party's Brendan Howlin told the Sunday Independent that the Government may be forced to hold the elections earlier than expected if the High Court finds against it later this month in a constitutional challenge to the delay in holding the Donegal by-election.

Man dies after serious assault at home

A man who received serious head injuries when assaulted at his home in the early hours of Friday morning has died.

Joe O'Donnell, 48, was attacked after a disturbance at his home at Hyde Road in Limerick. A man arrested in connection with the assault is still in custody.

Cole jazzed up despite stamp snub

The incomparable Paddy Cole has cast aside his feelings over the controversial failure to include the Capitol Showband in An Post's new stamp series and is throwing himself into a big workload in the weeks ahead.

'The Paddy Cole Show' on Sunshine 106.8 FM (Sundays, 10am-noon) has been shortlisted for the PPI National Radio Awards on Friday next in Kilkenny.

And for the 10th successive year, the Paddy Cole All-Stars will take the stage in the National Concert Hall on October 19 in aid of St Luke's Cancer Hospital. On the programme with Paddy will be the Sligo Golf Club Male Voice Choir, musical director Sheila Crowley. Bookings can be made at 01-4170000 or

Volunteers put Pakistan in spotlight

Do the Right Thing Volunteers representing Trocaire will travel around the country raising awareness about the devastating floods affecting Pakistan.

They will rely on the kindness of others for their food and shelter to show what the people of Pakistan have been doing for months. Visit for more details.

Trust in government 'is below Greece'

Recent scandals and high-profile incidents identifying underperformance or malpractice in the public sector have damaged trust in the Government and the public service, a major conference was told last week.

The IPA's Muiris MacCarthaigh told his group's national conference that the most recent Eurobarometer survey says that trust in the Government is below that of Greece.

O'Keeffe tries to set up 'pairs' early

Enterprise Minister Batt O'Keeffe has asked that opposition pairs be secured immediately for key overseas trips he hopes to make in the coming months, in order to avoid the controversy over Tanaiste Mary Coughlan's recent jobs-related trip to the US.

Mr O'Keeffe has already changed the date of a set of Dail questions, which were due to clash with one trip.

Coalition to review VEC nominations

THE Government is to review VEC nomination regulations following complaints from a Church of Ireland bishop that community slots were unfairly taken by political parties.

A Department of Education source said that complaints by the Church of Ireland Bishop of Cork, Cloyne & Ross, Dr Paul Colton, had been "carefully noted".

Businessman leaves €10.5m in will

Ian Charles Agnew, company chairman of Redsdale Street, London, who died on March 17, 2009, has left €10.5m in his will, which went to probate last week.

Other wills: Lilla M Ward, author, Gunnocks, Clonee, Co Meath, €4,295,761; Christopher Kiernan, accountant, Victoria Street, Portobello, Dublin, €3,584,655; John J Brerton, pawnbroker, The Rise, Malahide, Dublin €1,909,546; Oliver Traynor, electrical engineer, Garadice, Kilcock, Co Meath €1,642,319; Liam O'Gorman, farmer, Holycross, Co Tipperary, €1,385,790; Jack Gannon, company director, Creggs, Co Roscommon, €1,275,525 and Vera Masterson, Foxrock, Co Dublin, €1,128,144.

The value of wills includes property, including the family home, and should not be regarded as cash amounts

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