Sunday 18 March 2018

You could save the Seanad or buy Ronaldo

Sam Griffin

A EUROMILLIONS win of €94m will go a long way.

Aside from the obvious choices of foreign holidays, fancy sports cars or a villa in the Caribbean, Ireland's newest multi-millionaire could offer to save the Seanad from a referendum and possible abolition.

The current cost of operating the Upper House of the Oireachtas is €20m a year, which would give senators another four years to prove their worth, and still leave €14m in the lucky winner's kitty.

It's more likely that a plush property will be on the winner's list. The crash has resulted in a number of well-known high-worth properties coming on the market.

Most recently, the Lough Erne Hotel has become available after hosting last weekend's G8 summit. If the lucky winner fancies following in the footsteps of UK Prime Minister David Cameron by taking a dip in the lake, it's available for a paltry €12m.

Away from the property market, Portuguese football star Cristiano Ronaldo left Manchester United for the world-record fee of just under €94m in 2009.

But now he's four years older, Ronaldo may be available for less than €90m – leaving a couple of million left to play with.

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