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Lucky shop sells €875,000 ticket

A WINNING EuroMillions ticket worth over €875,000 in last night's draw was sold in Limerick.

Tierney's Roxboro Stores, located in the Janesboro area in the southside of the city, sold a €4m winning national lottery ticket in May 2010. This time, the winning ticket was worth €875,321. The ticket for last night's winning jackpot of €26,670,951 was sold in the UK.

Tourism figures up over winter

AN extra 23,000 tourists visited Ireland over the winter. Tourism Minister Leo Varadkar said that new figures, showing a 1.9pc increase in tourism for the period November 2011 to January 2012, were a positive start to the new year.

Some 1.195 million overseas visitors came to Ireland in the three-month period, with trips from the UK showing the biggest improvement with 580,800 visits and visitor numbers from Europe up, too.

Man pulled from car and stabbed

A man in his 40s was treated for stab wounds last night following an altercation on a busy street. The man was reportedly pulled by another man from his car that was parked on Nelson Street near Mountjoy Square in Dublin around 3pm yesterday.

It's understood a child and a woman believed to be the man's wife were in the car at the time. The injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

Parting shots by union secretary

THE leader of the union responsible for the strike at the Passport Office in 2010 has retired. Blair Horan stepped down from his €120,000-a-year role as general secretary of the Civil Public and Services Union having reached the union's mandatory retirement age of 60.

In one of his last statements, he criticised those calling for the withholding of pay increments to public sector workers. He said it was protected under the Croke Park deal.

Artist loses claim of garda beating

AN ARTIST, who alleged he was kicked and punched by gardai, has lost a €38,000 claim against the Minister for Justice and Garda Commissioner. Christopher Cox (56), of Richmond Cottages, Summerhill, Dublin, told the Circuit Civil Court he had been punched and kicked while in a cell after being arrested on August 7, 2004.

Dismissing Mr Cox's claim Mr Justice Matthew Deery said Mr Cox had been very aggressive and intoxicated at the time.

Irish Independent