Independent Lowry calls on parties to adopt 'national approach' on Budget
Independent TD for North Tipperary Michael Lowry has called on all of the main political parties to adopt a national approach on the Budget at a time when Ireland's financial position is in the glare of the world. He called on all leaders and finance spokespersons to get fully briefed by Brian Lenihan's department and adopt a unified approach to secure Ireland's economic future.
"It is a sad reflection on our political system when the main opposition parties say they cannot offer real policy alternatives, because of a lack of information from the Department of Finance," he said.
Ex-GAA head to seek presidential nod
The Sunday Independent has confirmed that former GAA president Sean Kelly, 58, will seek the Fine Gael nomination for the presidential election next year. "I was flattered beyond response when my name was mentioned for Uachtaran na hEireann. Now it's getting serious and so am I," the Kerry sportsman and politician said yesterday.
He joins the presidential race where already declared contenders include Michael D Higgins and Fergus Finlay, who are fighting for the Labour nomination, and Senator David Norris, who hopes to run as an independent.
No winner of €5.4m Lotto jackpot
THERE was no winner of last night's €5.4m Lotto jackpot. The winning numbers were 4, 9, 13, 22, 27, 39 (bonus 29).
There were three Match 5+bonus winners who each get €25k; 94 Match 5s (€989); 190 Match 4+bonus (€122); 3,478 Match 4s €41; 4,630 Match 3+bonus (€21); and 51,355 Match 3s (€5).
The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 8, 14, 15, 25, 30, 34 (bonus 22) and the Lotto Plus 2 numbers were 3, 10, 15, 34, 35, 43 (bonus 36).
In the UK draw for stg£7m, the numbers were 4, 5, 16, 17, 20, 32 (bonus 3).
O'Reilly's sister buried tomorrow
Ann Callaly, the sister of murdered Rachel O'Reilly, will be buried in the same cemetery as her older sister in Dublin tomorrow. The 32-year-old died in Dublin last Friday after a long battle with cancer. Her mother Rose wrote about Ann in her book on the murder of her other daughter, Rachel: "I do not know how she has coped so well, she is an example to us all," she said.
Ann will be buried at Fingal Cemetery in Balgriffin Dublin tomorrow following a removal at 10am from her home to the Church of the Holy Child in Whitehall.
Geldof and Walsh set for Music Show
Bob Geldof and X Factor judge Louis Walsh are the latest names to be confirmed to appear at this year's Music Show, which is taking place early next month. Organised by Hot Press magazine, the event will take place at the RDS on the weekend of October 2 to October 3.
Other participants include U2 producer and hitmaker Steve Lillywhite; Andy Cairns, frontman with Northern Ireland noise makers Therapy?; broadcaster John Kelly; Marc Marot, CEO of SEG International, whose clients have included Richard Ashcroft and Yusuf Islam; film director Nick Hamm, whose Killing Bono has just been completed; writer Neil McCormick, on whose book the film is based; and artists Jerry Fish and Brian Kennedy.
Gardai in appeal over dealer's death
Gardai have appealed to taxi drivers or any members of the public who were in Portmarnock last Sunday evening to help them with their inquiries into the murder of Dublin drug dealer Sean Winters.
Winters was shot dead as he was walking on Station Road and gardai say there were a number of taxis in the area between 9.45pm and 10.20pm. They appealed to them to call Swords garda station (01) 6664710, the Garda Confidential Line 1-800-666-111 or any garda station.
The Script shoot to top of Irish charts
Irish pop trio The Script have shot straight to the top of the Irish album and single charts -- in the first week of release of their album Science & Faith and the single For the First Time. After just seven days the album has sold nearly 14,000 copies.
Singer Danny O'Donoghue said: "We are completely floored by today's album charts. We're really looking forward to performing when we go on tour in March."
Royal Theatre glory days come alive
A 'Return to the Royal' Show, commemorating the glory days of the Royal Theatre in Dublin will be staged in the Olympia Theatre, Dublin tonight. The show will feature an updated version of The Royalettes as well as stars like Sonny Knowles, with Paul Harrington on piano leading the traditional sing-along.
Animators sought for town's contest
web designers and animators are being sought to create an animation-themed website for Blackrock, south Dublin.
The unusual idea is to to use the website to promote the businesses of Blackrock and the upcoming Blackrock Animation Festival. The winning entry in the competition will receive a year's office space rental free at the Media Cube in the Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology. The closing date is November 30.
Broadway smash to start Irish run
Spring Awakening, the Broadway smash that launched the careers of Glee stars Lea Michele and Jonathan Groff, has arrived in Dublin and is currently running in The Helix at DCU until September 25. Performances are at 8pm from Tuesday to Saturday with a matinee at 4pm on Sunday. Tickets from The Helix box office at (01) 700 7000.
Two arrested over stolen machinery
Two men arrested by gardai investigating stolen heavy machinery appeared in Ardee Court last evening charged with handling stolen goods.
Gardai from Louth seized a JCB telescopic handler in a raid in the Ravensdale area north of Dundalk on Friday.
Retired director leaves €8.4m in will
Alan J Clarke, a retired company director of Sorrento Road, Dalkey, Co Dublin, who died on March 3, 2010, has left an estate valued at €8,427,692 in his will, which went to probate in Dublin last week. Mr Clarke was a director of Raclim Ltd, which was previously Richard Alan & Co.
Other Wills: Jack Ward, bachelor, Narraghmore, Athy, Kildare, €3,070,328; John O'Mahony, farmer, Kilnadreill, Mitchelstown, Co Cork, €2,021,865; Maeve Murray, Lywood, Dundrum, Dublin, €2,002,776; Margaret O'Flaherty, teacher, Brittas Bay, Co Wicklow, €1,847,099; Ignatius Creavin, farmer, Craughwell, Co Galway, €1,779,076; Ellen Reilly, The Ward, Co Dublin €1,488,539 and David Kent farmer, Castlelyons, Co Cork, €1,134,453.
The value of wills include property, including the family home, and should not be regarded as cash amounts