Three men appear in court on charges relating to €1.5m cannabis seizure
Three men have appeared in court in connection with a €1.5m drugs seizure in Cork. They were charged at Cork District Court yesterday evening with possession, and possession for sale or supply, of cannabis resin.
Jerome O'Halloran, 59, from St Joseph's, Boreenmanna Road, Cork, was charged with possession of €900,000 of cannabis at St Joseph's Boreenmanna Road on September 28 and possession of cannabis resin for sale or supply at the same location on the same date.
Trevor Williamson, 46, was charged with possession of €900,000 worth of cannabis and possession of cannabis for sale or supply at St Joseph's on the same date.
Mr Williamson, from Meadowbrook, Heron's Wood, Carrigaline, was charged with possession and possession for sale or supply of €600,000 worth of cannabis resin at Boreenamanna Road on September 28.
Michael O'Connell, 53, from O'Malley Park, Southill, Limerick, was charged with possession and possession for sale or supply of €600,000 worth of cannabis resin at Boreenmanna Rd on September 28.
Airport staff defer strike action
TALKS aimed at resolving a row which threatens the country's main airports with rolling stoppages are to resume on Tuesday at the Labour Relations Commission. Siptu members at the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) and Aer Lingus agreed to defer a planned industrial action due to start tomorrow and to take part in the talks.
The discussions will try to resolve the issues arising from the underfunding of the staff pension scheme.
Siptu had threatened a series of work stoppages from Monday over a €700m deficit in a joint DAA and Aer Lingus pension scheme. This would have affected Dublin, Cork and Shannon airports.
Man dies after hit-and-run accident
Gardai were yesterday searching for a hit-and-run driver following the death of a former Army chef. The body of ex-soldier Eunan McDevitt, 47, a father of two, was discovered at 12.40am at Parkhill, Ballyshannon, Co Donegal. The former cook at Finner Camp was found on the carriageway of the N15, approximately one mile from Ballyshannon town. A preliminary examination suggested that he was struck by a passing motorist.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Ballyshannon Garda Station on (071) 985 8530 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.
No winner of €2m Lotto jackpot
THERE was no winner of last night's €2m Lotto jackpot. The numbers were 4, 5, 15, 25, 28, 33 (bonus 35).
There were two Match 5 plus bonus winners, who each receive €25k; 55 Match 5s (€1,264); 144 Match 4+bonus (€121); 2,316 Match 4s (€46); 2,943 Match 3+bonus (€24); and 38,656 Match 3s (€5). The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 1, 7, 15, 17, 20, 21 (bonus 45) and the Lotto Plus 2 numbers were 5, 7, 21, 31, 32, 43 (bonus 6).
Meanwhile, in the UK draw for stg£19.5m the numbers drawn were 1, 6, 7, 8, 25, 42 (bonus 39).
JFK's wife 'loved' writer Edna O'Brien
The wife of John F Kennedy, Jackie Onassis, once told Irish writer Edna O'Brien she was "one of the three people on the planet whom she loved most" according to O'Brien's newly released autobiography Country Girl.
Pressure on Reilly over swine-flu jab
Embattled Health Minister James Reilly has come under pressure following the failure of the State to adequately support children who acquired narcolepsy as a result of being inoculated against swine flu.
In the State-sponsored campaign, parents were not warned that there was a danger that one of the side effects of any vaccination could be narcolepsy. It is believed that more than 40 recipients of the vaccination have so far been diagnosed with the condition.
In spite of claims that the department was "treating this issue as a matter of priority" Labour Senator John Whelan told the Seanad that the HSE response was one of having to "be dragged kicking and screaming to the table".
Pensioner rescued after hotel blaze
A woman in her 80s was rescued from her home following a fire at a disused hotel in Co Offaly yesterday morning. The elderly woman's home, which is located beside the hotel, was evacuated amid fears for her safety when the house became engulfed in smoke.
The fire broke out at the disused Royal Shannon Hotel in Banagher at around 2.40am. It was attended by units of the fire service from Tullamore, Ferbane and Birr.
Pro-choice group marches in capital
A pro-CHOICE group took to the streets of Dublin yesterday in a protest march. Spokesperson for the March for Choice, Sinead Redmond, said: "We hope to send a message to the hundreds of thousands of women who have travelled to access abortion. We support them, and they are not alone."
Historian leaves €279,000 in will
The eminent Trinity College historian Robert Brendan McDowell, who died on August 28, 2011, at the age of 98, has left €279,070 in his will.
Other wills: Kathleen O'Shaughnessy, teacher, Thornfield, Stillorgan Road, Dublin, €2,027,446; John Freedman, physician, Ardoyne House, Pembroke, Dublin, €1,774,853; Michael P Fitzpatrick, company director, Dublin Road, Sutton, Dublin, €1,359,573; Patrick Carey, farmer, Moydow, Co Longford, €1,270,712; Maura E MacCormack, social worker, Devon Park, Salthill, Galway, €1,166,773; Edward Burke, shopkeeper, McDonnell Drive, Athy, Co Kildare, €1,215,717; Forence McCarthy, publican, Kilbeacanty, Gort, Co Galway, €1,031,618 and Francis J Bergin, Parish Priest, Shinrone, Co Offaly, €802,361.
The value of wills include property, including the family home and should not be regarded as cash amounts.