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Weekend Lotto jackpot hits €4m

THE weekend Lotto draw is heading for €4m after last night's draw failed to produce a winner.

The numbers were 6, 18, 23, 24, 31 and 32. The bonus was 1. The jackpot was €3,343,975. There was no winner of the top €350,000 prize in the LottoPlus1. The numbers were 2, 7, 13, 18, 26 and 40. The bonus was 44. There was no winner of the top €250,000 prize in the LottoPlus2. The numbers were 7, 10, 20, 21, 27 and 39. The bonus was 29.

Only 87 homes built last month

ONLY 87 new homes were registered last month, Finance Minister Michael Noonan said yesterday.

"Everything stagnates, as we have seen, without credit supply," he said. "The scale of the drop in activity has been noted in the recent Home Bond announcement that only 87 new homes were registered last month." The decrease was a sign of the lack of activity in the housing market, he added.

Hogan asked UK to close Sellafield

ENVIRONMENT Minister Phil Hogan yesterday revealed he had pleaded with the British to close Sellafield.

Mr Hogan said the plant posed an unacceptable risk and said he had met with Chris Huhne, UK Climate Change Minister. Mr Huhne had taken on board his concerns and revealed that the plant would be subject to nuclear stress tests.

US firm to create 50 hi-tech jobs

US financial services firm Asset Control is set to hire 50 new staff at its Dublin base.

The 50 new positions are open to graduates and senior developers in the firm's financial technology division. ICT Ireland, which represents hi-tech employers, said the fact that over 1,170 jobs have already been announced in the technology sector this year showed the industry is "vibrant and growing".

€199,000 for rally fan who lost leg

A SPECTATOR who lost a leg after being struck by a racing car at an international rallying event has been awarded €199,000 in damages.

However, the judge held that Blaine Murphy, who was filming cars coming over a crest in the road with his camcorder at the time, had contributed significantly to his own injuries. Mr Murphy (25) suffered severe compound fractures to his left leg when he was struck by a Honda Civic, which came off the road, while he was watching a stage of the Galway International Motor Rally on February 5, 2005.

Irish Independent