In Brief: Give the Government a chance to save economy, says businessman McManus
One of the country's most successful businessmen, JP McManus, believes the Taoiseach Brian Cowen he should be given a chance to get Ireland out of the current economic slump. "I think we are in good hands and we will leave it to them," Mr McManus said in Limerick yesterday.
Speaking at the inaugural All-Ireland Scholarships in the University of Limerick, the renowned philanthropist said the country was best left in the hands of the present Government. In the first year of the scholarships, a total of 118 third-level students from across the country will each receive €6,750 annually from the Limerick man.
Mr McManus has contributed a pot of €30m to assist students in each year of their continuing education in the country's third-level institutions. It is estimated that 1,300 students from every county will benefit from the scheme.
No winner of €5.6m Lotto jackpot
THERE was no winner of last night's €5,620,118 Lotto jackpot. The numbers were 5, 15, 18, 20, 23, 26 (bonus 43). There was one Match 5+bonus winner who gets €25,000; 95 Match 5s (€1,024 each); 121 Match 4+bonus (€201); 3,736 Match 4s (€40); 2,895 Match 3+bonus (€35); and 55,080 Match 3s win a €5 scratchcard.
The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 4, 6, 24, 30, 35, 39 (bonus 32) and the Lotto Plus 2 numbers were 9, 22, 23, 35, 36, 38 (bonus 29).
The UK draw was for £7.6m. The numbers were 6, 21, 30, 32, 33, 44 (bonus 35). Friday's €100m Euromillions prize was split between two winners, one in France and the other in Austria. The numbers were 13, 17, 19, 25, 35 (stars 5 & 6).
U2 to earn €7m from Croke Park gigs
U2 are set to earn €7m and smash Ireland's concert-grossing record when they rock Croke Park in July. The band will announce the huge July 24, 25 and 27 gigs at the stadium, which will be adapted to hold 95,000 people, when they unveil their 0Kiss the Future tour tomorrow, with tickets going on sale on Saturday, March 14.
U2's Croke Park gigs, featuring set tour ticket prices expected to be between a budget-friendly €25 and €120, are expected create an Irish record concert income of around €7.5m. The total is expected to beat that of the band and other pop stars' previous concerts in Ireland.
Bono and the boys are expected to post record incomes thanks to placing the stage in the centre of the pitch and packing the field with 10,000-plus standing fans, adding to the stadium's 82,300 seated capacity.
U2 manager Paul McGuinness said: "This is going to be a very big tour, the biggest shows we've ever done." The Kiss the Future tour starts at Barcelona's Nou Camp stadium on June 30.
Woman airlifted to hospital after fall
A 31-year-old woman was airlifted to hospital yesterday after she sustained multiple injuries while out horse riding in Co Wicklow. The woman sustained neck, back and hip injuries after falling from the animal in the Clonroe area of Ashford yesterday afternoon.
Emergency services were called to the scene at 1.52pm and the woman was taken to Tallaght hospital.
New campaign to honour Georgie Best
MANCHESTER'S Irish community has started a campaign to honour Belfast-born soccer legend George Best with a plaque in his adoptive city.
The group wants to put up a blue plaque in a "significant" location -- possibly the dazzling winger's former home in south Manchester. Best, who died in 2005, moved to lodgings in Chorlton Park when he joined Manchester United as a 17-year-old and that would be the favoured location for the plaque to be erected.
Former Fianna Fail TD Cummins dies
The death has taken place in Dublin of former Fianna Fail TD Patrick (Paddy) J Cummins. The son of a baker from Pearse Street, Dublin, he was born June 10, 1921. He was elected to the Dail as a Fianna Fail TD for Dublin South Central constituency at the 1958 by-election caused by the resignation of Independent TD John Murphy.
He was re-elected at the 1961 general election but lost his seat at the 1965 general election. He served as a Dublin City Councillor and a governor of the Royal Irish Academy of Music. He was also in the Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association, a regiment in which his father had served.
His funeral Mass takes place tomorrow and he will be buried in Glasnevin Cemetery.
Statue erected to Magdalene women
A statue in remembrance of the women of Galway who spent much of their lives in the Magdalene laundry in Galway city is being unveiled today, International Women's Day, at 1pm.
The statue was created by Mick Wilkins and commissioned by the Galway City Council. Entitled Final Journey, it will be unveiled by the Mayor of Galway, Cllr Padraig Conneely, at the junction of Forster Street and Bothar Breandan O hEithir.
The guest speakers will be Chris Coughlan and John Coyle from the Amicable Society and there will be poetry from Patrica Burke Brogan. The Galway Magdalene laundry used be at the bottom of College Road, across from the Fair Green. It was demolished in the 1990s.
Teachers vote for industrial action
Teachers have voted overwhelmingly for strike action over the Government's handling of the economic crisis.
The Irish National Teachers' Organisation, the Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland, and the Teachers' Union of Ireland, which together represent more than 50,000 teachers, said their members have voted by a large majority for the action, which may include strikes.
The Irish Federation of University Teachers is expected to begin balloting its members on industrial action next week. In a joint statement issued on Friday the unions said the decision to vote for industrial action had been a difficult one, but it reflected anger at the Government's "inequitable handling of the economic crisis".
Brennan leaves €800,000 in will
The former Government minister Seamus Brennan has left €803,043 in his will, which went to probate in Dublin last week. Mr Brennan, of Galway and Finsbury Park, Churchtown, Dublin, was a long-serving TD for south county Dublin and a Fianna Fail minister in successive governments. He died on July 9 last year.
John Dillon, a farmer of Ovidstown, Donadea, Co Kildare, who died on August 1, 2008, has left estate valued at €5,574,102. Other wills: Charles Greyston, Crannagh Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin, a retired general manager, left €2,575,234; Fortunato Macari, a retired restaurateur of New Cabra Road, Dublin, left an estate valued at €2,208,725; Thomas Keogh, a retired farmer of Ogulla, Tulsk, Co Roscommon, left €1,147,389; Dorothty Lucinda England, a housewife formerly of Stillorgan Road, Dublin, left €1,880,250; Thomas S McCann, a senior counsel of York Road, Dun Laoghaire, left €1,628,967; and Phelim Brady, a retired farmer of Killyon, Hill of Down, Enfield, Co Meath, left €1,506,060.
The value of estates may include such property as the family home, and should not be regarded as cash sums