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Friday 24 January 2020

Revenue seeks details on secret list of Irish residents with Jersey accounts

THE Revenue Commissioners are to contact the British authorities about a secret list of Irish residents with offshore bank accounts in Jersey.

British tax authorities launched an investigation after a whistleblower gave UK Customs a secret list of names, addresses and account balances of all HSBC's Jersey-based clients. The leaked information showed the bank had 88 Irish clients with more than €14m in their accounts.

A Revenue spokeswoman said: "Revenue will be in contact with the UK taxman under the exchange-of-information provisions of our double-taxation agreement to request details relating to Irish residents."

Guitarist McCullough still critically ill

LEGENDARY rock guitarist Henry McCullough, 69, who was reported on RTE last week to have died, remained critically ill in a Belfast hospital last night. The former Wings member suffered a heart attack last Monday and was rushed to an intensive-care unit in Belfast.

His sister Rae Morrison said the family had been inundated with messages of support.

Ulster Bank pressed on interest relief

ALMOST a year after Finance Minister Michael Noonan's high-profile increase of 5 per cent in mortgage interest relief for mortgage holders who bought at the peak of the boom between 2004 and 2008, some banks have still not passed on the relief to customers. The most high-profile bank which has not passed on the relief is Ulster Bank.

Fine Gael TD Martin Heydon has now asked its CEO Jim Brown to "outline for me what precisely you see as the timeline for the resolution of this issue".

15,000 protest over cuts to hospital

ABOUT 15,000 people turned out in Waterford yesterday to protest against Government cost-cutting proposals to downgrade Waterford Regional Hospital (WRH).

It is expected that a report from a project group established to make recommendations on the composition of hospital groups may recommend that Kilkenny and Wexford hospitals, which wish to leave the south-eastern network, link up with Dublin hospitals. This could lead to a loss of services from Waterford to Cork.

One winner of €3.6m Lotto jackpot

THERE was one winner of last night's €3,643,184 Lotto jackpot. The ticket was sold in the North and the numbers were 8, 12, 19, 24, 28, 42 (bonus 18).

There were three Match 5+bonus winners who each get €25k; 50 Match 5s (€1,425); 134 Match 4+bonus (€133); 2,732 Match 4s (€40); 3,587 Match 3+bonus (€20); and 39,583 Match 3s (€5). The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 1, 6, 17, 24, 39, 43 (bonus 23) and the Lotto Plus 2 numbers were 6, 9, 10, 13, 34, 40 (bonus 16). In the stg£4m UK draw the numbers were 10, 23, 24, 25, 30, 37 (bonus 45).

Priests' funerals fill church -- Martin

PRIESTS' funerals bring full churches at a time when the Catholic Church is often under criticism, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said yesterday.

Speaking at a mass in the Pro-cathedral for priests of the archdiocese who have died in the last year, he said: "At times when the church is often under criticism, I am witness to the fact that priests' funerals bring full churches. People come from parishes where priests had served decades beforehand and where their ministry is still remembered."

Search ongoing for Irish vet's remains

A SEARCH in North Wales for further remains of the murdered Irish vet Catherine Gowing is continuing after two sets of remains were identified as being from her body. Police said a post-mortem examination carried out on human remains found on the banks of the River Dee in Higher Ferry, Chester on Friday last week were positively identified as being those of Catherine Gowing. Human remains found in Sealand, north Wales, on October 31 were also positively identified.

Senior investigating officer DCI Mark Pierce said the results had been passed to Catherine's family.

Bill Clinton to visit UL next weekend

FORMER US president Bill Clinton is to visit Limerick next Saturday for the annual All-Ireland Scholarship awards ceremony, which is sponsored by the millionaire businessman JP McManus. At the ceremony in the University Concert Hall, he will present 125 university students with their bursaries. Mr McManus has previously welcomed former President Mary McAleese and Taoiseach Enda Kenny as guests at the high-profile ceremony, which sees students receive scholarships worth €6,750 annually.

Niemba ambush victims remembered

THE Niemba ambush commemoration to remember the Congo attack in which nine Irish soldiers died while on UN service in 1960 was held in Cathal Brugha barracks in Rathmines yesterday. The service began with a mass in the Garrison Church, which was followed by a wreath-laying ceremony at the memorial garden in the barracks.

EU literature prize for Irish writer

IRISH writer Kevin Barry is among the winners of the 2012 European Union Prize for Literature, which recognises the best new or emerging authors in the EU.

The announcement was made at the Frankfurt Book Fair. Winning authors were awarded €5,000 and priority for funding from the EU Culture programme to have their books translated.

Survey reveals health toll on carers

A MAJORITY of carers are heavily stressed and have their own health problems, according to a recent survey among members of the Carers Association of Ireland. The online survey conducted in the first week of November by HSF Health Plan found that 26.7 per cent of the carers who took part rated their stress levels at 5 on a scale of 1-5. A further 45.8 per cent rated themselves at 4, while 22.5 per cent ranked their stress levels at 3.

Almost 75 per cent said they were more stressed than 12 months ago and 46.5 per cent said they were embarrassed to admit to anyone that they had a problem with stress. The survey drew responses from 121 members of the Carers Association of Ireland.

Woman leaves €2.3m in her will

EVELYN Carr of Coolough, Terryland, Galway, who died on February 23, 2012 has left €2,339,146 in her will.

Other wills: Michael Kinsella, farmer and auctioneer, Carnew, Co Wicklow, €1,243,816; Deirdre MacHale Conroy, doctor, Wilmot Ave, Sandycove, Dublin, €1,255,065; Michael Eiffe, landowner, Ratoath, Co Meath, €958,317; Simone Dallaghan, Rathmines Park, Dublin, €926,175.

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

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