A MAN will appear in court today on drugs charges following a search by gardai under Operation Nitrogen, set up to target the cultivation of cannabis nationwide.
Three cannabis growhouses were uncovered and plants with an overall value of €2.1m were seized by the garda national drugs unit.
A suspect was injured when he jumped from a roof of a converted factory unit, while three others were taken into custody. The cannabis was found when gardai searched several premises, including a unit at Clash industrial estate in Tralee, Co Kerry; a house at Falty, Oldtown, Athlone, Co Roscommon; and a house and sheds at Carrigaloon, Virginia, Co Cavan.
COUNCILLOR QUITS FG
A FINE Gael town councillor has resigned from the party.
Cllr Tommy Hagan announced that he will now serve as an "independent councillor" on Monaghan Town Council. Mr Hagan claimed that his resignation from Fine Gael was in response to the budgetary proposals which, he said, would "seriously hit elderly people".
He said: "The changes in the criteria for medical cards and the removal of the telephone and bereavement allowances left me with no alternative but to resign from Fine Gael. They have introduced measures which will impact very severely on the elderly and vulnerable, and these were the very people in our society for whom I went into politics to protect and defend." Cllr Hagan was elected to Monaghan Town Council in 2009.
WATER BUG OUTBREAK
FIVE people have fallen ill after the third outbreak of cryptosporidium in Co Roscommon this year.
The HSE and Roscommon County Council last night issued a boil-water notice for the Killeglan area of the south of the county following the outbreak of the parasite, which causes tummy infections.