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Wednesday 25 April 2018

Five arrested

FiVE men have been arrested by gardai investigating the theft of ESB overhead power cables.

Around €2,000 worth of wire was seized during the planned operation near Rathangan, Co Kildare, yesterday afternoon.

Members of the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau, backed up by local gardai and the air support unit, took part in the operation. Two cars were also seized.

Gardai said two of the men were later released without charge while three others have been charged.

They are expected to appear before the Criminal Courts of Justice this morning.

Industrial threat

PSYCHIATRIC nurses in St Ita's Hospital in Portrane, north Dublin are balloting for industrial action because of "severe staff shortages" at the country's largest intellectual disability service.

Some 440 members of the Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) will this week decide on the action, up to and including strikes.

Nurses say staff shortages at the St Joseph's intellectual disability service, which is based at St Ita's, are having a detrimental impact on working conditions.

Elsewhere officials from the Impact trade union will meet with management at University Hospital Galway today in an effort to prevent strike action.

The threatened industrial action relates to plans to expand the accident and emergency department, by moving the physiotherapy department and the social work unit at the University Road campus.

Cannabis seizure

Herbal Cannabis with an estimated value of €1.2m has been seized in the midlands.

Officers from Revenue's Customs Service discovered 60kgs of drugs were contained within three parcels in the postal system. A spokeswoman said the seizure was part of an intelligence led operation.

Irish Independent

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