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Lottery sale interest

THE Government's plan to sell an extended 20-year licence to run the National Lottery has attracted "considerable interest", Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin said.

He said his officials had met a number of interested parties, both national and international, and expected to have further engagements in advance of a competition process later this year.

Mr Howlin has formally appointed Davy Corporate Finance as his department's special advisers to the process. The Dublin-based consultancy was one of nine applicants considered for the role.