Expenses claims made by a councillor on Waterford City Council have been referred to the gardai for investigation, the Irish independent has learned.
The revelation was contained in a brief note in an audit report which was discussed by councillors last night. Waterford City Manager Michael Walsh confirmed the issue of a single council member's expenses in 2012 had been referred to gardai for further investigation. The note relating to the garda investigation was contained in a statutory report into the local authority's finances for 2012 by the Local Government Audit Service.
Gardai made two separate seizures of cannabis plants and arrested three people during raids in the Co Clare seaside village of Kilkee.
Gardai searched a house in Lislanahan, Kilkee, where they found about 200 plants with an estimated street value of €160,000. A man and woman, both aged 23, were arrested. Gardai searched another property at Tullaroe, Kilkee, and found 300 cannabis plants with an estimated street value of €280,000. A man in his 50s was arrested.
ACCOLADE FOR PRIEST
HE may be within touching distance of 90, but the energy and enthusiasm of a Kerry-born priest would shame people half his age.
And last night, Archdeacon Michael Murphy received the ultimate accolade for anyone born in the Kingdom, when he was named Kerry Person of the Year 2014. Archdeacon Murphy helped three Kerry towns, Sneem (1981), Kenmare (2000) and Killarney (2011) win the overall Tidy Towns' national award.
SOLICITOR STRUCK OFF
THE High Court has ordered the striking off of solicitor Ruairi O Ceallaigh for misappropriation of client funds.
He must also pay around €1.35m to the Law Society's compensation fund. Last October, a Solicitors' Disciplinary Tribunal recommended the striking off of Mr O Ceallaigh, a former partner in the firm of Sean O Ceallaigh & Co.
IRISH AID PROJECTS
CHILDREN will learn about the harsh realities faced by their peers in developing countries as part of the ninth Our World Irish Aid Awards.
The programme encourages students between the ages of eight and 13 to produce projects with the purpose of understanding global issues and Ireland's role in solving them. Students were have to produce a project under the theme, 'A Better Future for the World's Children' by March 21.