Two held in drugs raid
TWO people were arrested by gardai after over €40,000 worth of cocaine was seized at a house in Fair Hill, Cork.
A man and a woman, both aged in their 40s and 50s, were taken to Mayfield garda station for questioning yesterday afternoon. They can be held for an initial period of 24 hours. Gardai will consult with the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) on whether the duo should be released without charge or face a court appearance.
SANCTUARY STRIKE VOTE
AN animal sanctuary faces industrial action by staff who are being made redundant.
SIPTU members at the Donkey Sanctuary in north Cork are to ballot for industrial action after it was confirmed they will lose their jobs on May 31. A total of 12 welfare staff face redundancy. The charity, which opened the sanctuary outside Liscarroll almost 40 years ago, intends to keep its national network fully operational.
NAVY DETAINS TRAWLER
THE Naval Service has detained a Spanish-registered vessel for alleged breaches of fishing regulations.
It was held about 100 miles south west of Mizen Head at 4pm yesterday and is expected into Castletownbere, Co Cork, this morning. It brings to 250 the number of boardings conducted this year by the Naval Service. This is the third vessel detained for alleged infringements of fisheries regulations in 2014. The Naval Service in partnership with the Air Corps Maritime Squadron monitors all fishing activity within the Irish Exclusive Fishery Limit, enforcing EU Fisheries Regulations. The vessel is currently under escort by the LE Roisin and will be handed over to the gardai in Cork this morning.
2,000 DRUNK DRIVERS
ALMOST 2,000 suspected drink drivers have been arrested this year, gardai said.
Officers are planning a series of checkpoints across Ireland this Easter weekend. Assistant Commissioner John Twomey, from the National Traffic Bureau, said: "Nearly 2,000 drivers so far this year have behaved in a totally irresponsible manner."
NEW SHARK AT SEA LIFE
AN aquarium in Bray, Co Wicklow, is hosting a series of talks on how to protect shark species that are currently under threat of extinction as well as attempting to breed an "in-danger" species.
Sea Life on Bray's promenade is also introducing a male Black Tip Reef Shark to breed with two females and this is a world first in an aquarium of this size, said Sea Life. The aquarium is currently hosting Shark Week.