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Hospital bug curbs visitors

THE winter vomiting bug continues to restrict visitors at Dublin's Beaumont hospital, where up to 30pc of recent admissions to its emergency ward had shown symptoms of the infection.

Hospital authorities are asking patients to stay away and make visits only when absolutely necessary.

Only one visitor is allowed per patient and children are not allowed to visit under any circumstances.

The hospital is also has a strict policy of no visits outside designated visiting hours, which are 2-4pm and 6-8pm.

Two call-outs for firefighters

DUBLIN Fire Brigade responded to blazes at two separate properties in the capital last night.

Emergency services received a call at 5.50pm after residents spotted flames at a house in the Shanganagh Vale estate in Loughlinstown.

Three units of Dublin Fire brigade attended the scene and brought the fire under control. The cause of the blaze is not yet known but it is not being viewed as suspicious. Nobody was inside when it caught fire.

Separately, firemen put out a blaze at a derelict property in Carrickmines.

Kildare winner nabs ¤1m bond

A KILDARE man has become Ireland's newest millionaire -- thanks to a Prize Bond bought 17 years ago.

The winning bond number is BD 993501 and was purchased in 1995. More than €1.6 million was won in the draw itself.

The ¤1m prize is awarded on the last draw of every month and replaces the normal weekly top prize of €20,000.

Damascus car bomb kills five

A car bomb exploded in Damascus yesterday, killing five and buffeting a shaky temporary truce in the Syrian conflict on the occasion of a Muslim religious holiday.

State television said the "terrorist car bomb" had also wounded 32, according to preliminary figures.

Opposition activists said the bomb had gone off near a makeshift children's playground built for the Eid al-Adha holiday in the south of the capital.