Updated: 23/02/12 : 08:59:20
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Students in court challenge to grant cuts

Three students will come before the High Court this morning challenging cuts made to their grant.

The Government announced changes to the Higher Education Maintenance Grant in December's budget, including that the family home must now be more then 45 kilometres from the college in order to qualify.

The students, who are from Clare, Galway and Monaghan, say the cuts are too severe - with some seeing a reduction of almost €4,000.

They are hoping that a favourable High Court ruling may put pressure on the Education Minister to reverse the cuts, which affect over 25,000 students.


No winner of Lotto jackpot

There was no winner of last night's lotto jackpot, worth over €2.4m.

The numbers drawn were 11, 13, 15, 20, 28 and 33.

The bonus number was 29.


Poll indicates majorty support for same-sex marriage

Almost three quarters of people in Ireland back the idea of same-sex marriage.

A Red C poll carried out towards the end of last year on behalf of the Government asked voters their opinion on various proposed reforms, including the abolition of the Seanad, and whether the offence of blasphemy should be removed from the Constitution.

Some 73% said they believe same-sex marriages should be allowed in the Constitution, according to the poll, details of which were published in a number of newspapers this morning.

The issue is one of a number of questions expected to be examined by a new constitutional convention being set up this year.


Man dies following Louth accident

A man has died after he was struck by a car in Co Louth last night.

The collision happened at 9.50pm on the N2 at Reaghstown, north of Ardee.

The 48-year-old man was taken to Louth County Hospital but was pronounced dead just before midnight.

Gardaí say the scene has been sealed off, and the road will remain closed until a full forensic examination has been carried out.

They are appealing for anyone with information on the incident to contact them at Ardee Garda Station on 041-68711130, or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.