Garda numbers plea
GARDA supervisors have called on Justice Minister Alan Shatter to disclose how many recruits will be taken on as a result of the new campaign. The Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors said last night that the minister must back up his announcement with a firm commitment to recruit adequate numbers to fill the gap created by a surge in early retirements.
The current strength of the force is around 13,200, and new recruits will not be taken into the Garda College in Templemore until next year. They will not become fully fledged members of the force until 2016.
ONE WINNER OF &EURO;6.2M
THERE was one winning ticket of last night's Lotto jackpot worth €6,185,074. It was sold in the south.
The numbers drawn were 2, 3, 4, 19, 33, 38 and the bonus was 16. There was no winner of the Lotto Plus 1 or Lotto Plus 2 draws.
&EURO;500K DRUGS SEIZURE
A MAN has been arrested after gardai seized cocaine with an estimated street value of €500,000. Drugs squad officers and detectives searched a house in the Ronanstown area of Dublin yesterday evening and discovered the cocaine.
A man in his late 30s was arrested at the scene and was being questioned at Lucan garda station last night.
SUPPORT FOR DISABLED
LONG-AWAITED legislation that will give more support to people with an intellectual disability, mental health problems and dementia to make decisions in relation to areas such as their healthcare, has been published.
The Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Bill represents a shift in how these groups are viewed, and places an onus on state agencies, care givers and others to ensure proper supports are in place to enable them make their own decisions, said support group Inclusion Ireland.