Garda plea to bank holiday motorists after 500 found breaking speed limits
GARDAI clocked nearly 500 motorists driving over the speed limit in the first five-and-a-half hours of their bank holiday clampdown – Operation Slowdown.
Gardai were out in force between 7am and 12.30pm on Friday checking the speed of more than 22,000 vehicles.
They had 485 detections of over-the-limit driving, including a vehicle travelling at 82kmh in a 50kmh zone on the R752 at Ballyfree, Co Wicklow and another being driven at 127kmh in a 100kmh zone on the N25 at Ballyadam, Carrigtwohill, Co Cork.
The highest speed detected so far was 128kmh in a 100kmh zone on the N7.
Gardai are appealing to motorists to drive safely and stay within the speed limits at all times and especially over this bank holiday weekend.
CHILD SEX-TRAFFICKING BILL WELCOMED
A COMMITMENT by the Justice Minister that Ireland will act to ensure strong laws against the sale of children into prostitution and pornography is an important first step to shut down traffickers, the Immigrant Council of Ireland has said.
Frances Fitzgerald has indicated that a new Sexual Offences Bill will ensure that Ireland can join 167 other nations which have ratified a UN Protocol prohibiting the sale of children. The Immigrant Council said 19 children were found in 'commercial sex' in 2012.
Denise Charlton, CEO of the council, said: "We know not just from the official figures but from the testimony of survivors that Ireland is not immune from this crime."
NEW PROGRAMME FOR APPRENTICESHIPS
THE Commissioners of Public Works has launched a new programme for apprenticeships in carpentry, joinery and stonemasonry.
This continues the tradition of the office in providing training programmes for the critical skills required to protect our national monuments.
The application process and relevant forms are available on the OPW website and the programme was advertised in national media on May 29.
Closing date for applications is Thursday, June 12.
HOLIDAY A 'FAVOURITE TIME' FOR THIEVES
THE June bank holiday is a favourite time for thieves, according to Netwatch security specialists.
They said that last year, 87 incidents were recorded by Netwatch over the holiday at businesses, making it the most-targeted bank holiday by criminals.
Research shows that 9pm was the time when most incidents occurred and Sunday was the most-targeted day. The construction industry was the most-targeted type of business, followed by manufacturing sites.
FUNDRAISING EVENT FOR SUICIDE CHARITY
A SPECIAL event to raise funds for suicide prevention charity 3TS (Turn the Tide on Suicide) has been organised for St Brigid's Community Centre, Castleknock on Friday next 7.30pm.
Organisers Zara Kelly and Karima Coquart of Z&K Fitness believe that the dance Zumbathon will raise much needed funds for 3TS. "It will be a celebration of good fun in aid of a very worthy cause," said Karima.
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