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Decision postponed

A decision on the 1916 National Monument at 14-16 Moore Street has been postponed by Dublin City Council (DCC).

Chairman of the Moore Street Advisory Committee, independent councillor Nial Ring, said more time was needed to discuss a proposed land swap, whereby DCC, would own the site at 14-16 Moore Street.

He said the committee will meet to discuss this important issue and it will be able to guide the rest of the council before the next meeting.

People Before Profit councillor John Lyons said he did not want to be "rail-roaded" into a decision on the matter.

"I don't want anyone to feel they're under pressure," Mr Lyons said.

Meanwhile Fine Gael councillor Kieran Binchy said that while he and his party were in agreement with the deferral - it is vital that everyone is "briefed clearly".

150 drug seizures

GARDAI made 150 drug seizures at Electric Picnic over the weekend.

Undercover gardai were seen stopping revellers and searching them for drugs as part of the festival's security operation.

Separately, 10 people were arrested for theft at the last major event of the summer which attracted a 41,000 strong crowd.

Festival organiser Melvin Benn said the number of thefts was worrying but that they were inevitable at a festival the size of Electric Picnic.

"Between the security teams and the guards, they've managed to catch a number of people that have been involved in thefts," he said.

"They've also been successful in retrieving a large amount of things that had been stolen."

Philomena talk

THE Irish woman who inspired the film, 'Philomena', is to lend her support to a campaign to ease Ireland's draconian adoption information laws.

Philomena Lee (80) will be keynote speaker at a major adoption law conference in University College Cork this week which aims to push Ireland from a rigid adoption information regime to a more open system such as those in the UK and US.

The Limerick woman spent her life trying to trace her son, Anthony, who she was forced by the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary to put up for adoption in 1955 when he was just three.

Tragically, searches by both Philomena and her son were consistently frustrated by the religious order until after he had died.

Irish Independent