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#1 Euromillions: Winning ticket sold in Ireland. The jackpot is worth €86.7m, and the winning numbers are 6, 8, 34, 38, and 48, Lucky Stars 3 and 9. Check your tickets this morning, as it could be you.
#2 Hostage release: Islamic State forces have this morning released 49 Turkish hostages in Iraq, according to sources. The captives were freed as part of a preplanned operation by Iraq’s intelligence services. The hostages had been taken from the Turkish consulate in Mosul on June 11.
#3 Budget: Coalition ministers row over the shape of tax cuts for low and middle income workers in the upcoming Budget. The tax package being put forward is worth about €300m. Leo Varadkar has suggested a €5 to €10 a week benefit for workers, whereas the Taoiseach backs a cut in the actual rates of income tax.
#4 Limerick: Belfast-based developer Suneil Sharma has lodged an appeal with An Board Pleanala in relation to the board’s decision to reject his plans to build an out-of-town shopping centre in the outskirts of the city. Mr. Dharma had hoped to modify the existing plans for the partially built site on the Dublin Road and erect an scaled-down shopping and leisure centre named ‘Horizon Mall’, but these plans were rejected.
#5 Ebola: NHS staff are being encouraged to volunteer for the fight against Ebola. In a letter to staff, the NHS’ Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies has expressed that those who’d wish to help should contact the UK International Emergency Medical Register. The current Ebola outbreak has killed close to 3,000 people so far, and it is still spreading across West Africa.