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Goods recovered

GARDAI targeting the activities of an organised criminal gang netted a large haul that included smart phones, laptops, cameras, cash and jewellery. The raid was carried out by officers involved in Operation Aughrim, which investigates mobile-phone related offences.

A number of planned searches at houses in the Tallaght and North Circular Road areas in Dublin saw the recovery of the goods, along with number of false identity cards. No arrests were made.

Horse meat tracked

ABATTOIRS and slaughter houses face tougher controls following the introduction of a centralised tracking system for horses by Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney. The system, which will record the exit of all equine animals from the national herd through death or export, is part of the Government's response to the horse-meat debacle.

It is expected that data for over 70pc of equine animals is now on the database. The department also plans to take control of the issuing of horse passports, as soon as the EU legislation is in place.

Tall ship stranded

MORE than 50 passengers were temporarily stranded when a tall ship ran aground near Waterford Castle. The Tenacious ran aground in the shallow section of the King's Channel shortly after 3pm yesterday.

The Irish Coast Guard helicopter was tasked from Waterford Airport, along with the Dunmore East RNLI lifeboat and the Waterford River Rescue. However, within one hour the vessel managed to push herself off with use of her inflatable ribs. Nobody was injured.

32 swans found dead

AN investigation is under way after the mysterious death of 32 swans in Co Donegal. Officials say the animals died within a four-week period and the cause is unknown. New Lake in Dunfanaghy is a popular retreat for hundreds of migrating geese and the discovery has shocked locals and wildlife experts.

Although bird flu has not been diagnosed, as a precautionary measure people finding dead swans are advised not to touch them. The National Parks and Wildlife Service Ranger spent most of yesterday on the lake recovering the bodies.

Mr Conor Power

An Irish Independent story published on Saturday about an Employment Appeals Tribunal hearing involving Mr Sean Quinn Jnr referred to Mr Colin Power, barrister for Quinn Insurance. This should have read Mr Conor Power.

Irish Independent