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College hit by chemical scare

A CONTROLLED explosion was carried out by the Army Bomb Disposal Unit in Dublin's city centre yesterday on a highly toxic and explosive chemical from a laboratory at the Royal College of Surgeons.

The college on St Stephen's Green was evacuated as a safety precaution for several hours while a number of streets were also closed off after an unstable chemical called picric acid was found. The scene was declared safe at 2.30pm.

Rachael and Aoife get Morning slots

'Morning Ireland' stand-in presenters Aoife Kavanagh and Rachael English have been made permanent on the popular Radio 1 show, RTE confirmed yesterday.

The pair -- who have been doing the programme on a regular basis recently -- are to formally join the presenting team on Monday. They will back up stalwarts Cathal Mac Coille and Aine Lawlor.

€28m sewerage project opened

UP to 34,000 people in Co Wicklow will benefit from a new €28m water sewerage project that was opened yesterday.

The facility at Knockrobin waste water treatment plant serves the nearby towns of Wicklow, Rathnew and Ashford. Meanwhile, construction is already underway on a scheme based in Shangannagh, south Dublin, which will also serve 40,000 people in Bray.

Customs seize 500,000 cigs

CUSTOMS officers seized 500,000 cigarettes, 130kg of rolling tobacco and more than 1,000 litres of suspected counterfeit vodka in a raid yesterday in Tralee, Co Kerry.

The potential retail value of the goods is approximately €300,000. Two men in their 40s and a vehicle were apprehended by gardai during the operation, and investigations are now ongoing with a view to prosecution.

Woman guilty over rugby flights

A 37-year-old mother will be sentenced in December in connection with illegally chartering planes to bring Munster Rugby fans to European matches.

Pamela Hickey, of Ashford, Patrickswell, Co Limerick pleaded guilty at the Circuit Court yesterday to a total of three charges. She has admitted two counts of chartering the services of Monarch Airlines by deception on dates in September 2004 and January 2005. Judge Carroll Moran adjourned sentencing until December 14.

Irish Independent