TOBACCO sniffer dog Frankie led Customs officers to a haul of 52,400 cigarettes during a search at Dublin Airport.
Officers discovered hauls of 17,600 and 17,800 cigarettes when they searched the luggage of two female passengers on a flight into Dublin from Kaunas in Lithuania. A further 17,000 cigarettes were seized from five other passengers on the flight. The total haul of 'NZ Gold' and 'Kent' brand cigarettes had a retail value of €25,000 and represented a potential loss to the Exchequer of €21,500.
GRAHAM WALKS ON
CHAT show star Graham Norton will be honoured in his native west Cork with the unveiling of a special river walk named after him.
Norton, whose real name is Graham Walker, was born in Bandon and was educated at the local grammar school. Norton will be guest of honour at the walkway's official unveiling on October 18 and will plant a tree to mark the occasion.
AFRICAN INTEREST IN SHIP
Naval Service vessel LE Emer is being considered by several West African nations for anti-piracy patrols.
LE Emer will be sold at public auction on October 23 if a sale is not agreed first with rival consortia interested in the veteran ship. Initially it was thought the 35-year-old vessel would be purchased by a Middle Eastern group for conversion to a luxury super-yacht. However, it has now emerged that several West African nations plagued by Somali pirate attacks are interested in using LE Emer as a security vessel.
HATCHET THREAT IN PUB
GARDAI have launched a major manhunt after a hatchet-wielding gang threatened to cause bloodshed in a pub while customers watched the latest episode of 'Love/Hate'.
Drinkers at the Long Island bar in Dorset Street, Dublin disarmed the assailants and alerted gardai. The drama began as a number of hooded men burst into a Dublin apartment at 10pm on Sunday night. It is understood they were attempting to assault two men inside the property but the two men fled through a window and onto the pavement outside. One of the gang, wielding a hatchet, chased the men into the nearby Long Island bar.
FIRM TO SHED 74 JOBS
A MULTINATIONAL engineering firm in Waterford is to shed 74 jobs.
Staff at Honeywell Turbo Technologies were told yesterday that the company wants to implement the redundancies in the coming months.