Crew rescued as boat hits rocks
THREE crew members were rescued yesterday evening from a fishing vessel that got into trouble off the west coast.
The Janet Robert, a 32ft fibreglass hull fishing boat out of Union Hall, Co Cork, was returning to harbour in a heavy swell when she lost power. The boat was forced on to rocks and the three crewmen were forced to abandon ship in a life raft. A distress call was put out and the Coastguard helicopter was scrambled to assist.
Arson not ruled out in school fire
Gardai have not ruled out arson in a fire which raged through an old school building.
The disused Sacred Heart school in Ballyshannon, Co Donegal, was gutted in the blaze on Saturday night. It took fire crews from several towns four hours to bring the fire under control. Garda technical officers were examining the scene yesterday. A spokesman said: "We are trying to establish the source but we have not ruled out arson."
Men due in court over drugs haul
TWO men will appear in court this morning charged in connection with the discovery of cocaine worth around €150,000.
The men, aged 32 and 33, were arrested after members of the garda drugs unit searched a house in Fortlawn, Blanchardstown, Co Dublin. The cocaine, along with other drugs paraphernalia, was seized at around 8.30pm on Friday evening.
Probe into GP practice delayed
Health officials in the west have confirmed that an investigation is being carried out into a GP's practice following complaints about the way prescriptions are being issued.
The HSE West said it could not comment as the investigation was ongoing but it has been criticised for a delay in carrying out the probe. The chairman of HSE West Forum, Cllr Padraig Conneely, said that the complaint had been made against the GP in January but that the investigation was not yet completed.
Ferry service seeks cash boost
A FINANCIALLY troubled ferry service has written to its shareholders seeking further investment in an attempt to ensure its survival in 2012.
The West Cork Tourism Co-operative company, which runs the service between Cork and Swansea on the Fastnet line, is in examinership and says it requires €1.65m to bring it through the process before embarking on a new business plan.