Diocese denies property list claim
THE Diocese of Cloyne has denied that it has instructed its parish priests to prepare a list of surplus property to be sold off to raise funds for clerical abuse compensation claims.
The Cork diocese confirmed that 6pc of all parish property sales will go to support diocesan finance. But the diocese said that its parishes do not own a substantial quantity of surplus residential property.
Cigarettes worth €175,000 seized
CUSTOMS officers seized 410,000 cigarettes with a retail value of €175,000 when they detained a Northern Ireland-registered truck at Dublin airport yesterday.
The haul of Regal brand cigarettes represented a potential loss to the exchequer of €137,000. The operation brought the total number of cigarettes seized so far this year to about 77.5 million with a potential retail value of €32.5m.
Taxi driver held in passenger attack
A TAXI driver was arrested last night after a passenger ended up in hospital after a serious assault.
The victim, a passenger in the taxi, suffered a number of cuts to his body. He also suffered a head injury. The assault apparently happened as the passenger was travelling in a taxi from the Neilstown Road area of Ronanstown to the Fonthill Road in Clondalkin, Dublin. He was taken to Connolly Memorial Hospital in Blanchardstown.
Gardai uncover drugs growhouse
GARDAI raided a house last night and uncovered yet another cannabis growhouse, seizing drugs worth an estimated €200,000 on the streets.
The Garda National Drugs Unit was behind the intelligence-led investigation which targeted a rural house in Ballyboughal in north Co Dublin. Inside they found a fully functioning growhouse with about 350 cannabis plants. They also seized 4kgs of herbal cannabis. The house was rigged up with a sophisticated lighting and irrigation stystem.
Dream comes true for 'best farmer'
A YOUNG man who dreamed of being a farmer when he was just a teenager was last night crowned Macra na Feirme's FBD Young Farmer of the Year.
Kevin Heavin (34) from Birr in Co Offaly defeated stiff competition from 20 other candidates, including four female farmers, to gain his title. Mr Heavin has been involved in the running of his farm for 10 years.