€52k drugs haul
CUSTOMS officers and members of the garda national drugs unit have seized 1.5kg of methylcathinone, better known as crystal meth, with a street value of €52,500. The haul is believed to have originated in China and was destined for the North.
Officers intercepted the drugs on Thursday evening and arrested a 25-year-old man at Holywell Road in Sligo. He was taken to Sligo garda station for questioning under drug trafficking legislation.
PAGEANT MOVE PRAISED
CHILDREN'S Minister Frances Fitzgerald has welcomed a hotel's decision not to host a beauty pageant for young girls. She condemned the early sexualisation of children and said she would examine legislation being passed in France to ban such pageants.
Texas-based Universal Royalty Beauty Pageant said it hoped to go ahead with its first event in Ireland despite the decision by the Bracken Court Hotel in Balbriggan to cancel the booking to hold it there today.
MISSING FIONA WALK
HUNDREDS of people are expected to take part in a walk tomorrow in memory of missing Offaly woman Fiona Pender. The 25-year-old hairdresser and part-time model who was seven months pregnant when she disappeared was last seen at her apartment in Tullamore in August 1996.
The sponsored Fiona's Way walk and fun run has been organised to raise funds for a monument in Fiona's memory along the Grand Canal.
AN Irish producer has scooped a major animation award in Europe. Fodhla Cronin O'Reilly (32), from Cromane, Co Kerry, and director Timothy Reckart this week won the Cartoon d'Or in Toulouse for their production, 'Head Over Heels'.
The film tells the story of a married couple, one of whom lives on the ceiling of their house while the other lives on the floor. It was nominated for an Academy Award last February.