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Here's What Happened Today: Wednesday

Family wins big in Euromillions, Patrick Hutch released and Simon Harris survives no confidence vote – It’s The Fix.

NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.


EuroMillions lottery Michael Hayes (left) from the National Lottery sprays champagne as Les Reilly and the staff of Reilly's Daybreak in Naul, Co Dublin, celebrate selling the EuroMillions €175 million winning lotto ticket. Source: Niall Carson/PA Wire

  • Gardaí announced that they had arrested 23 people in an organised crackdown on thefts from shops across Limerick City.
  • Health Minister Simon Harris survived a motion of no confidence after it was defeated by by 53 votes to 58, with 37 abstentions.
  • Gardaí renewed their appeal for help in tracing the whereabouts of 41-year-old Jon Jonsson who has been missing for 11 days.
  • There were calls for an immediate roll-out of training for Coast Guard members after the organisation banned the use of blue lights and sirens in vehicles while travelling to incidents. 
  • The massive €175 million Euromillions jackpot was bought in a shop in north Dublin, and won by a family syndicate. 
  • Patrick Hutch walked free from the Special Criminal Court after charges against him for the murder of David Byrne at the Regency Hotel in Dublin were dropped by the State.
  • Gardaí identified a woman who died from her injuries after being discovered on the side of the road. 
  • Vicky Phelan said she plans to pull back from campaigning about the CervicalCheck scandal to focus on her health and family. 
  • The majority of Irish people think the government should re-tender the contract for construction of the National Children’s Hospital, a poll showed. 


Burberry Apology A model wears a creation by Burberry at the Autumn/Winter 2019 fashion week runway show in London. Source: Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP

#BURBERRY: The chief executive and chief creative officer of Burberry apologised after a hoodie with strings tied in the shape of a noose was shown on the company’s London Fashion Week runway.

#SHOCKED: British teenager Shamima Begum, who joined the Islamic State group in Syria in 2015 has said she was shocked by a government decision to revoke her citizenship.

#BRITAIN: Three conservative MPs announced that they quit Theresa May’s party to join the newly formed Independent Group.  


Well many people in Ireland are asking themselves today: What would I spend all that money on? One lucky family can answer the question, after they scooped the €175 million jackpot in last night’s Euromillions.

But financial planner Eoin McGee has some prudent advice for anyone who finds themselves with that much cash – think sensibly with your winnings.

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Writing in TheJournal.ieMcGee says to take your time, plan your options and be sensible. 

“When it comes to taking time off, you might want to do a staycation in Ireland and stay in a lovely suite in a nice hotel, or a villa in Europe, or maybe a private yacht in the Bahamas. But remember the €10,000 rule – don’t try to buy the yacht yet,” he says. 

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Cormac Fitzgerald

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