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In brief: Tip-off leads to stash of bombs

Three pipe bombs found in a derelict building in Ballymun were probably being stored there for future use by gangland criminals, gardai believe.

The army bomb squad made the improvised explosive devices safe after being called to the scene yesterday evening by gardai who had received a tip-off.

It was the 221st call out of Defence Forces Bomb Disposal Teams this year.

They deployed a team to the derelict building on Ballystruan Lane, just off Ballymun Road. The scene was declared safe at 5.20pm.

Paddy Power

in lottery hint

BOOKMAKER Paddy Power has revealed he may be interested in buying control of the National Lottery, currently run by An Post.

The McCarthy Report has recommended the granting of a new seven-year licence be the subject of an open competition.

Asked about the international bookmakers seeking to take over the profit-making licence, Paddy Power said he "would look at every opportunity to come the company's way".

Late Late party for O'Donnell

Singer Daniel O'Donnell is to be given a special Late Late Show 50th birthday tribute night.

The Donegal entertainer will join Ryan Tubridy on the RTE show on December 9 -- three days before his milestone birthday.

A host of stars, as well as family and friends, are being lined up for the show. A spokesman said: "Daniel is a real friend of the Late Late Show and we always get terrific feedback after his appearances."

Two rescued

in flats blaze

TWO men were treated for the effects of smoke inhalation after a fire broke out at their Rathmines flat in the early hours of the morning.

The Korean nationals were treated at the scene by ambulance staff after the fire ignited in a building that is split into ten flats on Leinster Square at 4.30am.

Fire crews reported that there was a lot of smoke damage caused by the blaze, which most likely started as a result of an electrical fault.