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In brief: Former MEP Dana calls for No vote in upcoming Children's Referendum

Former MEP Dana Rosemary Scallon has called for a No vote in the Children's Referendum next Saturday.

"Yet again the people of Ireland are being forced to vote on an amendment that will hand over more power to the State and EU. Now, under the heading of Fundamental Rights, proposed amendment 42A encroaches on the sensitive area of the family, as parents are asked to appoint the State and EU -- politicians, social workers, the courts -- as the ultimate protector of children," she said.

Ms Scallon said Government could better provide for children by removing severe austerity measures which have resulted in 30 per cent of Irish children living in poverty.

Verwoerd book selling in record time

Liberties Press has said it is urgently reprinting Melanie Verwoerd's book When We Dance following record sales.

"After selling out our largest ever initial print run, and in only one week, we are urgently pushing through a reprint," said Sean O'Keefe of the publishing firm.

Free coffee for every reader at Costa

Inside next week's Sunday Independent LIFE magazine, you'll find a voucher for a free coffee at Costa Coffee stores nationwide. Simply buy one and get one free when you produce the voucher.

March held against child benefit cuts

AROUND 100 people -- mostly women with children in buggies -- yesterday marched to the Dail calling on the Government not to cut child benefits in the Budget.

Organiser Hazel Hayden said the Government could not continue to "rob" families while still paying bondholders. She described as "vulgar" the Oireachtas voting themselves increases in expenses while people waited for cuts.

The group, 'Parents Against Cuts to Child Benefits', say another rally against cuts is planned for Nov 24 starting at the Garden of Remembrance in Parnell Square, Dublin.

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Man's body found in Waterford house

GARDAI in Waterford are investigating the discovery of a 47-year-old man's body in a house in Waterford last night.

The body was discovered in the house on Alexander St, Waterford city at 7.40pm yesterday. The house has been sealed off for a technical examination

Gardai issue warning on phone scam

GARDAI have warned of a telephone scam originating in India/Pakistan targeting people, many of them elderly, in an effort to get their bank and credit card details.

They ring up offering a refund from an insurance firm, particularly insurance on loans they said people had taken out. Some elderly people have already fallen for the scam.

No winner of €2.5m Lotto jackpot

THERE was no winner of last night's €2,599,408 Lotto jackpot. The numbers were 6, 10, 18, 26, 27, 34 (bonus 15).

There was one Match 5+bonus winner who gets €25k; 55 Match 5s (€1,270); 148 Match 4+bonus (€118); 2,912 Match 4s (€37); 3,227 Match 3+bonus (€22); and 37,311 Match 3s (€5). The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 16, 22, 32, 33, 34, 41 (bonus 40) and the Lotto Plus 2 numbers were 2, 7, 28, 34, 36, 37 (bonus 19).

And in the UK draw for £6.7m the numbers were 5, 7, 9, 17, 20, 45 (bonus 10).

Irish event for Hillsborough families

Irish Liverpool supporters will gather next week for a fundraiser for the families of the Hillsborough tragedy which will be attended by Margaret Aspinall -- of the Hillsborough Families Support Group.

The Irish Reds benefit takes place next Friday, November 9, at 8pm, at The Red Cow Moran Hotel. Tickets cost €10 and be booked by calling (086) 603-8328.

One released in stabbing investigation

ONE man was released yesterday and another remained in garda custody in the investigation into the fatal stabbing of 22-year-old Shane O'Connor last week in Coolock.

A man in his mid-20s is being held at Coolock Garda Station under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act.

Irish troops could face Mali mission

Irish troops -- who are already training African soldiers to fight Al Qaeda-linked rebels in Somalia -- could be asked to take part in an EU/UN mission to Mali..

Boyne Valley project gets €243,600

Failte Ireland has granted €243,600 for the creation of new Boyne Valley Interpretative Centres to be located in the old Courthouse in Kells and the Tholsel in Drogheda.

"The project's objective is to create a more dynamic, interactive and worthwhile experience for visitors," said junior minister Shane McEntee, welcoming the initiative.

Retired farmer leaves €1.3m in will

dairy farmer Pat Dempsey of Collinstown, Westmeath, who died on July 19, 2011, has left €1,327,360 in his will. Other wills include: Catherine E Maguire, teacher, South Pk, Foxrock, Dublin, €1,200,000; Mary Thornton, teacher, Aston Pk, Monkstown, Dublin, €952,138; James J Hayden, manager, Weirview Drive, Stillorgan, Co Dublin, €933,540. The value of wills include property, including the family home and should not be regarded as cash amounts.

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