Cocaine tops drug list
ALMOST half of all drug offence convictions in Ireland were for the possession, importation and sale and supply of cocaine, a new report reveals.
Cocaine offences accounted for 45pc of drug convictions, followed by heroin at 25pc, according to the report from the Irish Sentencing Information System.
DRIVERS GETTING FEISTY
IRISH drivers are becoming more aggressive as they hassle and hustle others to get out of their way, a new survey finds.
It found that in the past year 79pc of motorists have been the victim of tailgating – where the car behind drives dangerously close. A small percentage of men (7pc), and no women, admitted "using hand gestures".
CASHEL SCAFFOLD STAYS
IT could be another two years before extensive scaffolding at the iconic Rock of Cashel comes down.
The scaffolding was erected in October 2009 as part of a major conservation project of the medieval monument in Co Tipperary. Almost €230,000 has been spent on the project since 2006.
THREE men have been charged in relation to the €5.1m cannabis haul discovered by gardai in the car park of the Ikea superstore in north Dublin last Friday.
Sean Mahony (38) from Donomore Crescent in Tallaght; Peng Cheng (22) with an address in Holland; and Cornelis Van Gent (72) from Rotterdam in Holland, all appeared before Judge Patrick Clyne at Dublin District Court yesterday.
PEACE IN MIDDLE EAST
A FORMER Libyan minister who lives in Ireland has urged the Government to get involved in supporting peace talks in the Middle Eastern country.
Dr Fatima Hamroush, who has lived and worked in Ireland for 19 years, was appointed Libya's first female health minister as part of the interim government following the fall of Muammar Gaddafi's regime in November 2011.
RESCUED BOY CRITICAL
NEIGHBOURS and friends are rallying around the family of a nine-year-old boy rescued from the sea in Co Clare.
The boy, who lives in Limerick City, had been with his father in an area where a number of men had been fishing from rocks close to Blackhead lighthouse in the north of the county. The critically ill boy was transferred to Temple Street Hospital in Dublin yesterday afternoon where he remained last night.