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Drugs seizures

Gardai have arrested a woman in her 50s for questioning about a heroin haul with a street value of €150,000.

The heroin was found by officers from Clondalkin during the search of a house in Ballyfermot. Meanwhile, gardai carried out an unrelated search of a house in Celbridge, Co Kildare, and seized cannabis plants with a street value of €62,000.

Device defused

THE army have made safe a viable explosive device in Ronanstown, Dublin.

A number of houses were evacuated and the Army Bomb Disposal team were called out around 8.30pm after a suspect device was found in the garden of a private home by the owner.

It was in an overgrown area and may have been there for some time. It was taken apart and made safe at the scene.

It was the 100th callout to 36 viable devices so far this year.

Equipment stolen

Two cars were stolen after a break-in at a home in the Rialto area of Dublin.

Gardai at Kilmainham station are investigating the burglary, which occurred yesterday between 1.15am and 7.30am.

A black Volkswagen Passat and a silver Audi A5 were stolen. One of the cars contained a piece of expensive medical equipment, a Karl Storz Endoskope-Calculase II 20 W Holmium Laser.

Gardai are appealing for anyone who may know of the whereabouts of this valuable equipment to contact them on 01 6669700.

Radio awards row

Today FM's Mairead Farrell has hit back at claims of sexism in Irish radio saying: "It's run by women."

The presenter and producer was responding to criticism that only three out of 40 nominees for the PPI Radio Awards were female.

"I never know what to say when comments like these are made because while there may not be a lot of women on radio, there are an awful lot of women in radio," she said. "In fact, radio is run by women."

Teen's guilty plea

A SIGNED plea of guilty has been lodged in court by a 15-year-old boy accused of holding a meat cleaver to a taxi-driver's throat during a car-jacking in Dublin.

Gardai arrested the boy, who cannot be named because he is a minor, after a 36-year-old taxi driver was left traumatised when he was robbed at knife-point and his BMW car seized in Terenure in the early hours of May 18.

Irish Independent