Gardai last night seized cocaine and heroin with a value of €2m during a raid on a Kildare house. Two males were arrested in the operation at Johnstownbridge, Co Kildare.
A sophisticated 'mixing factory' for cocaine and heroin was discovered. Mixing agents were seized along with the drugs. The two men, aged 40 and 53, who were arrested at the scene were last night held at Leixlip Garda Station.
KENNY TO DISCUSS REFORM IN SEANAD
Taoiseach Enda Kenny will this week address the Seanad on the issue of reforming the Upper House.
Mr Kenny is expected to outline the Government's formal response to the referendum defeat. One top-level figure said the debate would be a substantial and lengthy one where the Taoiseach expects senators to outline in depth their reform proposals.
APPEAL AFTER MAN, 80, GOES MISSING
GARDAI have appealed for the public's help in tracing the whereabouts of 80-year-old Pat Byrne of Dalkey, Co Dublin. Mr Byrne, pictured right, went missing yesterday after he left his home to go to Dalkey village at around 11am. Anyone with information is asked to contact gardai at Dun Laoghaire on 01 666 5000.
TWO JAILED OVER CIGARETTE SMUGGLING
Two Lithuanian women have received five-month jail terms for cigarette smuggling. This follows the seizure of 35,400 cigarettes by Customs at Dublin Airport last week.
The two women, aged 25 and 26, were before Judge Denis McLouglin last Friday.
NEW PATRONS FOR MENTAL-HEALTH CHARITY
Mr Lonergan has been an outspoken advocate for people suffering from mental ill-health since retiring. Tom Lenihan has joined as Patron for Young Adults.
GARDAI PROBE THREAT AGAINST HOGAN
The email seems to have come from an email address at a well-known motor dealership in Dublin. In the email, a man threatened to set fire to a coffin outside the minister's family home in Co Kilkenny.
NO WINNER OF €3.5M LOTTO JACKPOT
THERE was no winner of last night's €3,532,832 Lotto jackpot. The numbers were 3, 6, 7, 12, 14, 38 (bonus 35). The Plus 1 numbers were 9, 12, 15, 36, 40, 45 (bonus 22) and Plus 2 numbers were 4, 10, 11, 17, 32, 44 (bonus 43).
BUS AND RAIL PRICES TO RISE BY 10PC
BUS and rail passengers face fare hikes of around 10pc from early next year because of cuts in Government funding for public transport. Increases were approved last week by the National Transport Authority
GARDAI INVESTIGATE PROPERTY SCAM
GARDAI are investigating a property scam targeting renters which left two teenagers homeless. An apartment in Dublin's city centre was advertised for rent last week. Two potential renters discovered their keys did not work after viewing the property and paying a €1,600 deposit.
MURDER-ACCUSED CHEERED AT COURT
Supporters yesterday cheered a man as he arrived at court in the North to face murder charges.
Kieran McLaughlin, 58, from Elaghmore Park, Galliagh, Derry, is accused of killing Barry McCrory in the city earlier this month. The 35-year-old was shot dead in his girlfriend's flat in Shipquay Street on October 10. At Derry Magistrates Court yesterday Mr McLaughlin was charged with murder and possession of a gun and ammunition.
Mr McLaughlin was remanded in custody to appear again via video-link next month.
IRISH FIRM SECURES AVIATION CONTRACT
An Irish aviation services company has secured a major contract to carry out installation and maintenance work for Canada's second-largest airline.The company has won a contract with WestJet, Canada's second-largest airline. Eirtech engineers will install and maintain cabin pressurisation systems on WestJet's Boeing 737 fleet.
SUPPORT FOR MISSION SUNDAY SOUGHT
The people of the midlands are being urged to get behind Mission Sunday, which takes place today.
Mission Sunday is the sole day of the year set aside for Catholics to contribute to the work of missionaries, who work in developing countries. In all, there are 1,500 Irish-born missionaries serving in more 83 countries. Last year over €1.7m was collected throughout the country.
CONFERENCE ON INDUSTRIAL HERITAGE
Experts from all over Europe are attending a conference on Industrial Heritage in the Glendalough Hotel, Wicklow. The conference, supported by Wicklow Co Council, has heard how the ruins of factories, old machinery and mines could provide a new source of tourism.
CHILDERS CALLS FOR NEW NORTH AGREEMENT
The independent MEP Nessa Childers has told a Sinn Fein conference in London that the over-riding conclusion from 15 years of implementing the Good Friday Agreement is that the North needs a new multi-party agreement, linked to a fresh inter-governmental treaty.