Sunday 19 November 2017

€2.5m of cannabis herb discovered following seizure of €250,00 cash

Cannabis valued at €2.5m and cash in euro, sterling and US dollars to the value of €250,000 have been seized by gardai in a series of raids in north Dublin.

A man in his 40s was arrested when gardai seized the cannabis at a warehouse unit in the Coolock area on Friday. Gardai said that, subject to analysis, the 120kg of herbal cannabis has a street value of €2.5m. The man is being held at Coolock Garda Station and can be detained for up to seven days before being charged or released.

The cash was found in a house in Raheny on Thursday as a result of intelligence gathered during an investigation into drug trafficking in north Dublin in recent weeks.

The cash was being held for an associate of former drug lord Eamon Dunne, who was shot dead in April 2010.


GARDAI have clamped down on the gangs of drug addicts in Dublin city ahead of the St Patrick's Day celebrations.

As tourists from around the world prepare to descend on Dublin for the parade, gardai have mounted major clean-ups on both sides of the Liffey against street dealing.

In one four-day period last month, gardai from Store Street station searched 304 suspects, made 42 detections for possession or supply of drugs, issued 99 behavioural warnings and brought 16 public order charges.

And a fortnight ago, gardai from Pearse Street station made 45 arrests for drugs and similarly stopped and searched large numbers of addicts for illegal substances.

The bulk of the addicts/dealers have moved up the Liffey from the centre, congregating near the Merchant Quay treatment centre, one of the city's 16 methadone clinics, most of which are located on the northside.


THERE was no winner of last night's €2m Lotto jackpot. The numbers drawn were 5, 6, 14, 17, 25, 38 (bonus 1). The Plus 1 numbers were 9, 11, 20, 29, 33, 38 (bonus 5) and the Plus 2 numbers were 8, 12, 23, 28, 31, 38 (bonus 29).


Gardai are appealing for the public's help in tracing the whereabouts of Mark Casey, 19, Ballyinasragh, Killeigh, Tullamore, Co Offaly. Mark, a student at NUIG, was last seen in Robert St, Limerick, in the early hours of Friday.

He is 5ft 7in, of slim build, with brown/fair hair cut short. When last seen he wore a short-sleeved navy polo top with a grey collar and grey shoulders, light blue chinos and dark navy shoes.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Henry Street Garda Station on 061 212400


The PSNI is treating two separate pipe bomb attacks in Derry early yesterday as hate crimes.

The first pipe bomb exploded in the loyalist Waterside area at around 1.30am. No damage was caused and no one was injured. At the same time, another pipe bomb exploded outside a house in Lincoln Court nearby.


The body of a woman was recovered yesterday at rocks on the shore at Creevy, near Ballyshannon, Co Donegal.

Gardai believe the body to be the remains of Siobhan McGreal, 51, missing since February 19 and last seen at the cliff-top Roguey Walk in Bundoran, 10km away.


An elderly woman has died following a single-car accident. She was fatally injured when the car she was driving hit a fence at Two Mile Borris in Tipperary at about 2pm yesterday. A female passenger in the car was hurt but her injuries are not life-threatening.

Gardai have called on any witnesses to the accident to contact Thurles Garda Station on 0504 25100 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.


The master of the National Maternity Hospital, Dr Rhona Mahony, has urged women to "keep going" even when others say they cannot succeed.

Speaking at an event to mark International Women's Day, she said that education is the key to helping people overcome adversity. "I have made loads of mistakes along the way which may not have helped, but maybe it has. Adversity in the right amount is good for us," she said.

Dr Mahony was speaking at a lunch in The Shelbourne Hotel organised by An Cosan, an organisation in Tallaght, Dublin, that offers education and other services to women from disadvantaged areas.

Earlier, Prime Time presenter Miriam O'Callaghan said women faced many barriers to surpassing male colleagues. "There's no secret to success. It's 99 per cent hard graft. When people say you can't do it, just keep going," she said.

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