Saturday 20 January 2018

Drugs seizure

TWo men have been arrested following the seizure of cannabis with an estimated value of €160,000.

Gardai and customs officers carried out a planned search of a premises at Lohunda Drive, Clonsilla, Dublin, yesterday morning during which 8kg of cannabis herb was discovered.

Two men, aged 22 and 37, were arrested at the scene and were taken to Blanchardstown Garda Station. They were later released without charge and files are being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Parents ditching work

Three-quarters of working parents have admitted to ditching work for at least two days every year to care for their sick children.

Children can suffer as many as eight colds each year and almost half of working mothers said they are likely to take time off to care for their children if they are under the weather, according to a survey carried out by Nurofen for Children.

More than half of parents said they take it in turns staying home for the day and one-fifth admitted to arguing about the task.

GP video links

The Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) has called on the Government to stop health insurers offering access to doctors by video links on smartphones.

Aviva is promoting GP consultations via smartphone while the VHI has teamed up with an online service through which customers can get prescriptions.

The IMO claims such services pose a serious risk to patients. Chairman Dr Ray Walley said these "are not medical consultations in any real meaning of the word".

He denied the intervention was due to concerns among doctors that they would lose consultation fees.

Garda appeal

Gardai are appealing for witnesses after three vehicles were stolen and a petrol station was extensively damaged.

The vehicles, a red Peugeot 3008, a white Hyundai i30 van and a white VW Caddy van, were stolen from a house in Newtown, Co Meath sometime between midnight and 5am yesterday morning. Later, at around 5.40am, the Peugeot was discovered on fire at the forecourt of Ferdia Service Station in Ardee, Co Louth.

No one was injured in the incident as the premises was closed at the time. Fire services attended the scene and extinguished the blaze.

Anyone with information is asked to contact gardai in Ardee on 041 6871130.

Irish Independent

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