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Monday 23 July 2018

In brief: 300,000 more of us using Luas

LUAS passenger numbers have soared with 300,000 more people using the service this year compared to 2011.

An estimated 29.4 million passenger journeys will be made this year, compared to just over 29 million in 2011.

The busiest times of the year were at the end of August during the Tall Ships festival, and the month of December, with more shoppers and revellers out and about during the Christmas season.

Put harps away -- Bush Snr aide

George HW Bush's chief of staff said the former president is getting excellent medical treatment in Houston and that he would ask that people "put the harps back in the closet".

But Mr Bush's long-time Houston chief of staff Jean Becker said in a statement that the 88-year-old is sick and likely will be in the hospital for a while after a "terrible case of bronchitis which then triggered a series of complications".

Mr Bush has been in intensive care since Sunday.

Suu Kyi jumper sells for €38k

A hand-knitted woollen jumper made by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has sold at an auction in Burma for almost $50,000 (¤37,700).

A Burma-based radio station won a bidding war for the sweater during an auction held by Ms Suu Kyi's opposition party. The bidding started at $6,000 (¤4,500).

Ms Suu Kyi has not yet commented on the sale of the jumper or explained its background. The auction was part of a fundraising concert organised by the National League for Democracy party to raise money for education of poor children in the country.

Ban on selling sweet ciggies

Owners of a US old-style soda shop are being warned to kick the habit and stop stocking novelty sweet cigarettes.

City inspectors in St Paul, Minnesota, threatened a misdemeanour citation and $500 (¤370) fine if Lynden's soda fountain is caught selling the fake smokes again.

Shop owner Tobi Lynden says the white candy sticks with the red tips were her best-selling sweets but that now she has stopped selling them.

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