Weekend Lotto jackpot to hit €5m
THERE was no winner of last night's lottery jackpot of almost €4.7m, and Saturday's jackpot is heading for well above €5m. The winning numbers were 3, 10, 11, 22, 36, 42 and the bonus number was 17.
There was no winner of the Lotto Plus One draw. The numbers were 8, 17, 19, 26, 32, 42 and the bonus was 3. There was one winner of the Lotto Plus Two draw. The winning numbers were 2, 5, 11, 16, 33, 38 and the bonus was 19.
Eight arrested for garda shooting
Five men and three women were arrested yesterday after a garda was injured in a shooting at a suburban house last December. The garda was hit as he and two colleagues were investigating a complaint about damage to a house at Greenfort Close in Clondalkin, west Dublin.
He was talking to the owner of the house when a shot was fired into the hallway. The bullet shattered a window and the garda received minor cuts from shards of glass.
Pre-school move proves a success
FOUR-fifths of eligible children are now taking part in the Government's free pre-school scheme, which kicked off in January.
Children's Minister Barry Andrews confirmed yesterday that a total of 51,000 children were taking part. It is the first year the scheme has been made available to all children in the year prior to their entering primary school. Mr Andrews said many of the concerns expressed about it had proved unfounded.
Two more arrests over gun murder
GARDAI investigating the murder of a father of two arrested two more women yesterday. This brings the total number of arrests to six in two days.
Wayne Doherty was hit by a shotgun blast in the head outside his parents' home in Hartstown in west Dublin in July after he had gone to the aid of a friend. He was not the intended target of the attack. The prime suspect for the fatal shooting has not yet been arrested. He fled to Turkey shortly after the murder.
Dail committee to visit Afghanistan
A DAIL committee is to visit Afghanistan in an effort to raise international awareness of the country's difficulties.
Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Dr Michael Woods said yesterday the committee could take up an invitation from Christian Aid to make the visit in May. Rape, domestic violence and corruption are still major problems in the country.