Friday 20 October 2017

Two men quizzed over drugs seizure

Detectives were questioning two men in their 30s at Pearse Street garda station last night after seizing €160,000 worth of cannabis plants.

Gardai made the find after searching a house in the Ballybough area of Dublin yesterday afternoon. The pair were held under section two of the Criminal Justice Drug Trafficking Act, where they can be kept in custody for seven days before being charged.

Planners to hold plant hearing

AN Bord Pleanala will hold a two-day hearing into the construction of a gas-fired power plant on the Shannon later this month.

Spanish energy giant Endesa plans to build a 450-megawatt plant at the former ESB generating station at Tarbert on the Shannon Estuary in Co Kerry. The project has already been deemed a piece of strategic infrastructure, meaning it has been fast-tracked through the planning process. The hearing will take place in Listowel on April 20 and 21.

Decline in visitors to Newgrange

CUTS in public transport are being blamed for a drop in visitors to Newgrange, which has seen tourist numbers fall by more than 17,000.

According to figures from the Office of Public Works, the world-famous burial chamber in the Boyne Valley, Co Meath, attracted 241,265 visitors in 2007. However, this figure fell to 223,430 last year.

Tenders sought for pier project

CLARE County Council is seeking tenders for the construction of a long-awaited €6m pier for Doolin.

The existing pier has been a source of major controversy over the past decade, with rival ferry operators finding themselves in court on several occasions amid claims of intimidation and assault.

Irish Independent

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