Arson attacks on gardai's own cars
OFF-DUTY gardai have been warned to step up their personal security after private cars parked at the homes of two officers were set on fire. Detectives fear a criminal with a grudge against the force could be behind two incidents in Co Leitrim.
Gardai confirmed that detectives in Manorhamilton are investigating two separate incidents. A spokesman said: "One incident occurred at 4.10am on Thursday at a property at Bunrevagh, Aghacashel. The second occurred at 3am on the same day at Ballinamore, in which another car was damaged by fire." Nobody was hurt in either incident.
Garages raided by Customs stay shut
FIVE garages, which were raided by gardai and Customs officers investigating diesel laundering, have remained shut. They were closed after officers seized a total of 48,350 litres of fuel on Thursday from the five premises in Roscommon, Loughrea, Athlone, Birr and Rathfarnham, Co Dublin.
A diesel-laundering plant, one of the biggest in the State, has also been closed down at Corrygarry, Castleblayney, Co Monaghan. Three out of four men detained by gardai at Monaghan, Tullamore and Roscommon stations have been released without charge. A file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Inspectors' visits to hospitals stop
INDEPENDENT inspectors have had to suspend routine visits to hospitals to find out how they are controlling the spread of infections and maintaining cleaning standards. The Health Information and Quality Authority's (HIQA) increasing workload in other areas means that it has had to suspend the visits, according to Irishhealth.com.
A spokesman for HIQA said it had to prioritise its work. HIQA inspects nursing homes and childcare facilities. It is also carrying out special investigations, including an examination of the emergency department at Tallaght Hospital in Dublin.