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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Man dead, another seriously injured after vehicle crash in Co Galway

A 40-year-old man died after the car he was driving hit trees and a wall just outside the village of Belclare, Tuam, Co Galway at about 11.30pm on Friday night. He was pronounced dead at the scene. A male passenger, 46, was seriously injured and was taken to hospital for treatment.

IRFU in talks over Rugby World Cup

The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar, will meet shortly with the IRFU to see if Ireland will bid to host the Rugby World Cup. The minister's very public declaration of support for the project is likely to give a big impetus to IRFU ambitions. See Sport, Page 1

Young FG votes against gender quotas

YOUNG Fine Gael yesterday voted against its own party's plan to impose a 30 per cent gender quota under the Electoral (Amendment) Political Funding Bill 2011. The bill was favoured by Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

A motion to introduce adoption rights for gay couples was passed at the meeting.

'Broadcasting charge' will raise €50m

HOUSEHOLDERS face a €50m bill in an entertainment stealth tax, it has emerged. Minister Pat Rabbitte has revealed proposed reforms in the method by which the TV licence is collected, which will mean it would become an overall "broadcasting charge" and could raise up to €50m extra in revenue, compared with the current TV licence.

No winner of €2m Lotto jackpot

THERE was no winner of last night's €2m Lotto jackpot. the numbers were were 3, 10, 25, 38, 43, 44 (bonus 23).

There was one Match 5+bonus winner who gets €25,000; 37 Match 5s (€2,005); 93 Match 4+bonus (€200); 1,712 Match 4s (€67); 2,546 Match 3+bonus (€30); and 30,902 Match 3s (€5). The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 20, 21, 29, 34, 38, 45 (bonus 12) and the Lotto Plus 2 numbers were 10, 13, 18, 24, 26, 42 (bonus 1).

In the UK draw for stg£4.2m the numbers were 2, 19, 22, 30, 33, 41 (bonus 24).

Bram Stoker's childhood home for sale

NUMBER 15 Marino Crescent, where Bram Stoker, author of the classic horror novel Dracula, spent much of his childhood, is for sale -- and some believe the house should be taken over by the State. The estate agents selling the house wrote to President Michael D Higgins, asking him to consider a State investment in the property in time for the centenary of the author's death.

TDs 'berated' by clergy over Vatican

GOVERNMENT chief whip Paul Kehoe has confirmed he was involved in an altercation with a member of the clergy over the closure of the Irish embassy to the Vatican and that many rural Fine Gael TDs have been "berated by angry members of the cloth" over the issue.

But another Fine Gael TD dismissed the chastisement being meted out to colleagues. "It's mostly coming from priests that would vote Fianna Fail anyway," he said.

Gardai smash farm smuggling racket

GARDAI in the Cavan/Monaghan border division have smashed a huge steal-and-smuggle racket in which several machines were stolen from farms and industrial premises over the past 18 months. Gardai swooped at one premises near Clontibret, Co Monaghan, in the past week and recovered a tractor stolen from a site in the Midlands.

The Sustainable Energy Authority

THE Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) have asked us to point out that they have no role in the policing of the Building Regulations. It follows an article published in the Sunday Independent two weeks , which quoted John Power, Director General of Engineers Ireland, who cited a survey carried out by the Authority.

SEAI has a mission to play a leading role in transforming Ireland into a society based on sustainable energy structures, technologies and practices. It is financed by Ireland's EU Structural Funds Programme, co-funded by the Government and the European Union.

Heavy security for rare gold coin

MONTHS of preparation have taken place to ensure that the world's rarest coin doesn't fall into the hands of criminal gangs when it visits Dublin next month.

The 1933 Double Eagle, the world's most expensive gold coin, with a market value of €6m, will go on display for two days in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham.

Paul McGrath visits workers' protest

IRISH soccer legend Paul McGrath became the latest high- profile figure to show support for 32 workers who have been staging a sit-in protest since mid-December.

The former Manchester Utd and Aston Villa star visited the Vita Cortex factory in Cork yesterday, where former employees have been seeking a redundancy settlement.

New regulations on way for clampers

CLAMPERS will soon have to be garda vetted as a means of regulating the industry, new legislation coming before the Dail will ensure. Chairman of the Oireachtas Transport Committee Ciaran Lynch said: "We want to put in place a system that ensures a standard set of principles and guidelines that will apply nationally."

Swathes of country to lose top gardai

HUGE swathes of the country will be left without senior gardai because of early retirements. Nine inspectors, six superintendents, two chief superintendents and one assistant commissioner will leave the Dublin catchment.

Death announced of Peter Dixon

THE death has occurred of Mr Peter Dixon, of St Nicholas Avenue and Bridge Street, Dundalk, one of the country's best-known undertakers. His removal takes place tomorrow at 12.30 to St Nicholas Church arriving for mass at 1pm, followed by burial in St Patrick's Cemetery.

Sex festival begins in Ireland in 2012

IRELAND's first sex festival, the Bliss Festival, is this Saturday on Dublin's South William Street. The festival, which invites people to "join Ireland's first sexual health, freedom and pleasure event", aims to combine aspects of adult sex life.

Dancing at Lughnasa goes to Glenties

BRIAN Friel's Dancing at Lughnasa returns to Glenties next month in a production directed by Anne Gallagher, at Glenties Community Centre, Donegal, on March 2, 3 and 4. And tickets go on sale next Thursday, Feb 23 at 9am for Jedward and the Magic Lamp at the Olympia Theatre.

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