Monday 18 December 2017

Cigarette seizures

HUNDREDS of pouches of tobacco sent through the post to private addresses were seized by Revenue customs staff.

Officers seized the 330 packets in 11 cartons in Co Cavan. During the operation, two private houses were searched and more tobacco was located.

Revenue, which has been targeting the sale of illegal cigarettes in the shadow economy, valued the haul at €8,200.

During the past week, officers, assisted by gardai, seized more cigarettes at a roadside stop in Co Louth, Drogheda market, and other locations in the town, valued at €33,600. A number of people have been questioned.

J1 students warned

J1 ORGANISERS at the US Department of State have said they hope the backlash which followed the destruction of an American property by Irish students "sends a message to everybody else" who participates in the programme.

Spokeswoman at the US Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Robin J Lerner said she thinks students "learned their lesson" in allegedly causing severe damage to the rented San Franciscan home, but admitted "sometimes, young people don't act responsibly".

"The one thing we want these young students to remember is that they are actually representative (of the Irish people)," Ms Lerner said at the first J1 Connect Open House at the RDS.

Connemara mapper

PIONEERING cartographer Tim Robinson who has mapped, and penned books about, the Galway Bay area is to be honoured by NUI Galway and the Royal Irish Academy.

Since moving to the Aran Islands in 1972, Yorkshire-born cartographer Mr Robinson has spent 40 years mapping and writing about the area. The internationally acclaimed writer has published unique and detailed maps of Connemara, the Burren and the Aran Islands and later he wrote several books about these landscapes, including the acclaimed trilogy, 'Connemara'.

A new book 'Connemara and Elsewhere' highlights his love of the area, and features essays from Robinson and other contributions.

Coastal works plan

TENDERS have been lodged to carry out coastal protection works in Connemara and on the islands off Galway coast.

Large precast concrete blocks are expected to be used as a protective wall on the shore in Inishbofin. The area suffered severe storm damage earlier this year.

Irish Independent

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