Monday 22 January 2018

In Brief: Half of drivers say they fake mileage

More than half of Irish drivers who use their cars for business have admitted to submitting false mileage claims.

The research by TomTom Business Solutions found 57 per cent of drivers have over-estimated their mileage when claiming expenses, with 25 per cent doing so regularly.

Companies and employees are required by law to keep accurate mileage records for Benefit-in-Kind tax compliance, but 35 per cent of respondents have never been challenged by employers over the accuracy of claims.

Gallery owner retires after 40 years

Suzanne Macdougald, owner of the Solomon art gallery, is retiring after 40 years in the gallery, with her long-standing assistant Tara Murphy taking over.

The gallery, in Baalfe Street in Dublin, has represented Irish artists at home and abroad for over 30 years.

FG TD calls for action on cyber-bullies

Internet companies, schools and parents need to work together to counter a "pandemic" of cyber-bullying, Fine Gael TD Mary Mitchell O'Connor has said.

Speaking to a conference on cyber-bullying in IADT in her Dun Laoghaire constituency yesterday, the former teacher said: "Bullying has been seeping into the homes of many children with the evolution of modern technologies."

No winner of €3m Lotto jackpot

There was no winner of last night's €2,988,670 Lotto draw. The numbers were 7, 12, 15, 20, 25, 33 (bonus 13).

There were 2 Match 5 plus bonus winners who each get €25,000; 59 Match 5s who get €1,155; 137 Match 4+bonus (€125); 2,516 Match 4s (€42); 3,218 Match 3+bonus (€22) and 38,073 Match 3 winners who each get €5. The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 1, 18, 26, 30, 42, 44 (bonus 14) and the Lotto Plus 2 numbers 2, 10, 18, 22, 24, 41 (bonus 29).

And in the UK, the winning numbers in the stg£3.8m draw were 3, 14, 16, 19, 37, 44 (bonus 31).

Composer Morricone to play concert

The legendary film composer Ennio Morricone will play live in Ireland this summer. The prolific composer will conduct the Roma Sinfonietta, his 97-piece Italian orchestra, together with a 100-strong choir in the grounds of Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, on Sunday, July 28.

Burton shock over Cyprus bank levy

Minister Joan Burton yesterday expressed her surprise that EU finance ministers ever agreed that depositors under €100,000 in Cyprus would be subject to a levy.

The Social Protection Minister agreed that the political blunder by finance ministers had the effect of "spooking" people throughout Europe, but reassured depositors in Ireland that deposits up to €100,000 remain guaranteed.

Martin says gardai 'at tipping point'

FF's Micheal Martin last night said Justice Minister Alan Shatter must adopt a more conciliatory approach to An Garda Siochana in order to address a crisis of morale in the force. The TD said the situation was at "tipping point".

Concert in aid of Carmichael Centre

Rossini's Stabart Mater is the main work featured in the this year's Good Friday Concert in aid of the Carmichael Centre for Voluntary Groups at St Patrick's Cathedral.

Tickets at or call (01) 8735702.

Actress leaves €160,000 in will

The actress Maureen Toal, famous for playing publican 'Teasy' McDaid in the hit television series Glenroe, has left €160,519 in her will. An Abbey actress from the age of 16 she played acclaimed roles in various Sean O'Casey plays and playwright Frank McGuinness wrote the one-woman show Baglady for her. Toal, who lived at Brighton House, Sandycove, Dublin, died on August 24, 2012, aged 82. William 'Liam' Cashman, of Rathbarry Stud in Fermoy, Co Cork, who died in March 2010, left €5,5781,430 in his will.

Other wills: Harold G Smith, engineering technician, Kilwogan, Celbridge, Co Kildare, €7,351,273; John Fitzpatrick, director, Greenfield Park, Donnybrook, Dublin, €6,722,l994; Eugene Moriarty, Ann Devlin Park, Rathfarnham, Dublin, €1,218,694 and Mairin Egan, retired housewife, Sandyford Road, Dublin, left €1,204,297.

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

Irish Independent

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