MILLIONS of cigarettes, together with counterfeit vodka, have been seized in two separate operations involving Revenue officials and the gardai. The haul, with a retail value of €1.5m and a potential loss to the Exchequer of more than €1m, was uncovered in two raids in counties Galway and Louth.
More than two million cigarettes were seized at a commercial premises in Athenry, Co Galway, and 1.2 million cigarettes, 400kg of tobacco and counterfeit vodka were seized at a private premises in Faughart, Dundalk.
A 30-year-old motorcylist has died two days after being seriously injured in an accident. Paul Behan, from Rathangan, Co Kildare, collided with a van at Ellistown, Rathangan, on Tuesday night.
He was taken to Naas General Hospital and later transferred to the intensive care unit at Tallaght Hospital where he died yesterday. Gardai have appealed for witnesses to contact Kildare garda station on 045-527730 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666111 or any garda station.
Warning on North
BRITISH MPs and peers have been told that investing in peace in Northern Ireland is less expensive than paying for conflict. Peace-building charity Co-operation Ireland held a special Westminster briefing yesterday and warned that dissident republicans remained "active and potent".
"The message is clear, we must invest in communities and peace or we will pay in conflict," said Christopher Moran, chairman of the all-island body.
Dissident nun speaks
THE leader of a prominent association of US nuns, which is currently being investigated by the Vatican for challenging the Catholic Church's sexual teachings, is to address a public meeting in Dublin on Monday.
Sr Florence Deacon, president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) in the US, is due to give a lecture in Vatican II at the Jesuit Centre in Milltown Park.
State jet costs double
THE cost of operating the two government jets more than doubled last year, according to information provided by Justice Minister Alan Shatter. A total of €1.33m was spent on running them in 2012.
This is more than twice the €637,085 spent in 2011. The increase arises from the use of the jets by ministers rising dramatically from 192.92 hours in 2011 to 337.91 last year.