Explosives found in vacant house
AN army bomb disposal team was last night called in to make safe what was suspected to be a quantity of homemade explosives.
It is understood they were found hidden behind a washing machine in the kitchen of a vacant house on Chapel Road, Clogherhead, Co Louth, at about 6pm. They were found by a person checking the house. Houses on either side were evacuated. The house is believed to have been vacant for some time.
€4.2m cigarettes seized at port
MORE than €4.2m of contraband cigarettes were seized at Cork port yesterday. The seizure brings to €22.5m the total value of cigarettes confiscated by Customs Service officials at Irish ports so far this year.
A 14-metre metal container from Malaysia was stopped and opened -- and customs inspectors found a total of 10 million cigarettes. The cigarettes have a street value of €4.2m and represent a potential loss to the Irish exchequer of €3.5m. The container was supposed to contain paper stationery.
Navy and Air Corp stage exercise
THE Naval Service yesterday staged a major exercise.
Seven vessels of the navy's eight-strong fleet, supported by Air Corps aircraft, were involved in the manoeuvres off the south-west coast which included naval gunnery trials, simulated air attacks as well as an armed boarding party operation.