A CASE of rabies in pups imported legally from Bulgaria to the Netherlands has led to warnings here in Ireland.
Ireland is among a small group of EU countries which has enjoyed a rabies-free status. But according to Veterinary Ireland, the recent case demonstrates that Ireland is exposed to greater risk as a result of changes in EU regulations governing the movement of dogs and cats.
Commenting on behalf of Veterinary Ireland, Alan Rossiter said: "This recent case demonstrates that the new system failed to detect and prevent rabies moving from one state to another."
DISSIDENTS BLAMED FOR SECURITY ALERTS
TRAIN services between Dublin and Belfast were disrupted yesterday because of security alerts in Lurgan, Co Armagh.
All train services through the town were cancelled yesterday morning after two suspicious objects were found in Lake Street not far from the tracks.
In Derry, a controlled explosion was carried out during a security alert at Mimosa Court in the city.
On Friday, letter bombs addressed to the Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland, Matt Baggott, and another senior officer were detected at sorting offices in Belfast and Lisburn in Co Antrim.
Dissident republicans are being blamed for the alerts, which followed pipe bomb attacks on police vehicles in Derry and outside Belfast over the last four days.
WINNING NUMBERS IN &EURO;2M LOTTO DRAW
THE winning numbers in last night's €2m Lotto draw were 9, 12, 18, 19, 31, 44 (bonus 1). The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 1, 15, 20, 30, 32, 43 (bonus 11) and the Lotto Plus 2 numbers were 1, 14, 21, 27, 35, 44 (bonus 45).
GARDAI PUT OUT CALL FOR MISSING PERSON
GARDAI in Galway are asking for the public's help in their search for missing James Ryan.
Mr Ryan, 39, from from Gort Leinn, Old Monivea Road, Galway, was last seen driving on the evening of Tuesday, October 22, in Claregalway, Co Galway. He was seen in his gold-coloured Nissan Almera.
He is described as being 5' 10" in height, approximately 12st and of medium build with short black hair.
FG COUNCILLOR LEAVES PARTY OVER BUDGET
A FINE Gael town councillor has resigned from the party. Cllr Tommy Hagan announced on Friday he will now serve as an Independent councillor on Monaghan Town Council.
Mr Hagan claimed his resignation from Fine Gael was in response to the budgetary proposals which, he said, will "seriously hit elderly people".
MURDERERS CHALLENGE SENTENCE LENGTHS
THE State has asked the European Court of Human Rights to dismiss a case brought by two convicted murderers who are challenging the power of Justice Minister Alan Shatter to determine when they can be freed.
Lawyers for Peter Whelan, who was jailed for life for murdering Nicola Sweeney in Cork and given a further 15 years for trying to kill her friend; and Paul Lynch, who is serving a life sentence for murdering a pensioner in 1995, took their argument to Europe, stating that the Minister for Justice should not have the power to dictate the duration of their sentences.
But in a submission to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), entered last week, the Government said: "Both applications are inadmissible, manifestly ill-founded and without merit."
'LOVE/HATE' DENTIST GETS CHEWED OUT
THE Love/Hate actor who plays creepy dentist Andrew in the hit series has said he is not concerned about claims that his performances are upsetting real life professionals.
Last week, the Irish Dental Association said the series is not an accurate portrayal of dentists. "It doesn't bear any similarity to real-life dentists. It is a work of fiction," the association said.
But actor Peter O'Meara said he is not bothered about upsetting what he described as "the National Tooth Fairy Association".
In the series, Andrew regularly fleeces his clients to fund his love of champagne and low-rent prostitutes.
Booze and hookers aside, Peter said he believes malpractice does exist in dental surgery.
"I've known dentists to encourage people to get work done that they don't need," he said. "Just as there is medical malpractice, it also happens in the dental world."
OVER 2,500 ATTEND FARMING CONFERENCE
MORE than 2,500 people are taking part in Macra na Feirme's annual conference in Carlow this weekend.
Delegates yesterday heard the organisation's president Kieran O'Dowd calling on Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney to introduce a new installation aid scheme, which would help young farmers to get established.
NEAT AWARD FOR SPOTLESS VILLAGE
ABBEYSHRULE, Co Longford, has won the International Challenge Small Population category of the 2013 National Edition of Communities in Bloom competition.
The village received a 5 Bloom rating, the highest possible, yesterday.
The judges wrote: "Abbeyshrule, an ancient Irish heritage village rich in history... has achieved the distinction of winning Ireland's TidyTowns competition and Europe's Entente Florale. The general tidiness efforts include painting and cleaning signposts and field gates (and) constant sweeping of footpaths and roads. There is virtually no litter in this village."
LOW VAT CAUSED TOURISM RISE, SAYS TD
FRESH CSO figures showing a 6.4 per cent rise in tourism during the first nine months of the year vindicates the Government's position to retain the Vat rate at 9 per cent, it was claimed yesterday.
Labour TD Michael McCarthy said it was clear the lower rate was a factor in keeping visitor numbers up.
TRIBUTES PAID TO FATHER MARTIN CLARKE
THE death has taken place of Fr Martin Clarke, former director of communications for the Irish Catholic Bishops Conference. Archbishop Eamon Martin paid tribute, describing Fr Martin as a deeply spiritual priest of warm disposition who was blessed with a multitude of gifts.
"For many years Fr Martin was well known both throughout the Church in Ireland and in wider society."