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Four held in crime gangs swoop

Three men and a woman were being questioned by gardai last night after an operation against crime gangs operating in west Dublin.

Officers from the Finglas drugs unit stopped and searched a man and woman at Clune Road on Monday night and found a quantity of cannabis resin. During a follow-up search of the woman's home they seized more cannabis, bringing the total street value of the haul to an estimated €88,000.

Detectives also searched a man a short distance away on the roadway and recovered a sawn-off shotgun, which had recently been stolen, and a cache of ammunition. The suspect with the firearm was taken to Blanchardstown station for questioning.

He was still being held there last night. The three other suspects were taken to Finglas station where they were questioned throughout yesterday.

Tourist numbers rise 7pc on 2010

AN estimated 7.4 million people will visit Ireland by the end of the year -- an increase of 7pc on 2010.

Niall Gibbons, chief executive of Tourism Ireland, said he was encouraged by the latest CSO figures and remained cautiously optimistic for buoyant sector next year. "The economic turmoil of recent months has brought increased uncertainty, affecting business and consumer confidence, and in turn, international travel. Given the scale of the challenges facing the global economy right now, travel and tourism look likely to face a fairly cautious passage into 2012," he added.

Christmas concert at Christ Church

DUBLIN'S Christ Church Cathedral will host its annual Christmas concert on Thursday, December 15.

The cathedral choir will perform a mix of festive favourites. It recently enjoyed a week's residency at St Paul's Cathedral in London and completed a hugely successful tour of the United States.

Tickets cost €18 (€14 concession) and can be purchased from www.tickets.ie

Irish Independent