First global water conference opens
THE first ever global conference on water, energy and climate change opens in Dublin today -- with water charges and septic tanks two of the hot topics up for discussion.
More than 1,000 delegates from 60 countries will attend the five-day World Congress on Water, Climate and Energy at the national convention centre. The convention will have particular resonance for Irish households, given the recent debate on domestic water charges and septic tanks.
€400,000 drugs haul is seized
CANNABIS and cocaine worth more than €400,000 has been seized in two raids in Dublin and Waterford.
Gardai yesterday discovered herbal cannabis and cocaine with a combined street value of €330,000 in a 40ft trailer which had arrived into Dublin Port from Holyhead. A man in his 50s was arrested. An estimated €80,000 worth of drugs was discovered last night when gardai raided a house in Tallow, Co Waterford.
FitzPatrick home set on fire again
A HOUSE on land owned by former Anglo Irish Bank chairman Sean FitzPatrick was again set alight yesterday -- for the third time in under nine months.
At around 5pm, authorities were notified of a blaze in the unoccupied property to the rear of the FitzPatrick family home off Whitshed Road, near Greystones Golf Club, Co Wicklow. The fire was brought under control. All three fires are still under investigation.
Major counterfeit haul by gardai
GARDAI have seized an estimated €100,000 worth of counterfeit goods, including fake designer clothing and sunglasses.
The haul was found by officers from the Garda Intellectual Property Crime Unit during the search of a house in Cabra, north Dublin. Gardai said the find was part of an ongoing investigation by the unit, which is attached to the Garda National Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
Two-thirds of bars letting staff go
Almost two-thirds of rural publicans have let staff go over the past year according to a new survey carried out for the Vintners' Federation of Ireland.
Only one in 10 VFI members have added to staffing levels in the past 12 months, with 63pc letting people go and 62pc reducing staff hours. VFI chief executive Padraig Cribben said pubs across Ireland have been closing at a rate of 200 to 300 per year.