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Ryanair plans big expansion

Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary today outlined ambitious expansion plans that would see the airline almost double its number of passengers and stretch its reach across Europe.

He revealed that he wanted to increase passenger numbers to between 120 million and 130 million over the next decade -- which would make Ryanair one of the biggest airlines in the world.

Mr O'Leary said the airline was in talks with plane makers Boeing, Comac in China, and Russia's Irkut over the purchase of 200 to 300 new narrow-bodied aircraft.

Final farewell for O'Shannon

FRIENDS, colleagues and family of Cathal O'Shannon will pay their respects tomorrow to the broadcaster and journalist before his funeral on Wednesday.

Mr O'Shannon died at the age of 83 on Saturday at the Beacon Hospital in Dublin.

A funeral service will take place at noon on Wednesday at Glasnevin Crematorium Chapel. Tributes poured in today for the veteran broadcaster, who was one of RTE's great talents.

Director general of RTE Noel Curran said his contribution to television over the last five decades included some of the great moments in the station's documentary schedule.

Mystery over lotto millionaire

A LUCKY Dublin newsagent sold the weekend's winning ¤2.6m lotto ticket.

Mystery surrounds the owner of the Ballybrack ticket.

It is not clear if the owner of the winning €6 Quick Pick ticket is also in the dark about their huge windfall.

Marie Roe, whose mother Brigid runs Newsworld in the Ballybrack Shopping Centre, said: "We would be fairly busy, mostly with people who live around here. Hopefully it's someone local."

Player collapses at GAA match

A TALENTED GAA player is fighting for his life after collapsing during a match.

Family and team-mates of Annascaul and West Kerry wing forward Brendan O'Driscoll (28) were last night maintaining a hospital vigil.

He is "critical" after scoring a goal and a point in the match against neighbours Lispole yesterday.