€1.5m heroin haul seized in sting
A major haul of heroin was seized yesterday after it had been collected by a crime gang operating in the south-east.
Armed officers swooped on the shipment worth €1.5m after a surveillance intelligence-gathering operation over the past couple of weeks.
Detectives stopped a car on the Old North Road, Finglas, in Dublin west around 2am and found the drugs.
Two suspects, aged in their early 60s and 50s were held. The pair, who are both from Co Wexford, were being questioned at Finglas station.
Loss of 55 jobs as Blaney hotel shuts
ONE of Donegal's best-known hotels closed yesterday with the loss of 55 jobs.
The Milford Inn, owned by the well-known political family the Blaneys, blamed financial difficulties for the closure.
The hotel trades under the Best Western brand and is one of a chain of hotels in the area owned by the family.
The Blaney group includes the Waters Edge Hotel in Rathmullan, the Silver Tassie Hotel, and the Brewery and Central Bar pubs in Letterkenny.
The owners confirmed that the hotel had closed "due to financial difficulties".
Body of man killed in US flown home
THE body of an Irishman shot dead in the US is due to be flown home this afternoon.
Tom Walsh (43), from Templemore, Co Tipperary, was shot dead at the restaurant where he was manager in DeLand, Florida, last weekend.
Police believe he may have been shot during a robbery.
His funeral mass will take place in the Sacred Heart Church in Templemore on Monday.