Gun and drugs seized in north Dublin raid
Gardai arrested four men and seized a handgun, ammunition and drugs with a street value of €39,000 in Balbriggan, Co Dublin.
Searches at four locations found both cannabis and cocaine. The four men, two in their 30s and two in their 20s, were being held at Balbriggan, Swords, Clontarf and Drogheda garda stations last night. All four are due to appear at Balbriggan District Court this morning.
NURSES are demanding that all planned admissions to Tallaght Hospital in Dublin are halted because of overcrowding. The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation said there were 19 patients placed on trolleys in wards at the hospital yesterday, as well as a further 17 in the emergency department.
The union warned that the hospital was suffering from a severe shortage of nursing staff and this was affecting patient care. Patients who were critically ill were being looked after by nurses who were not trained in critical care, they warned.
ILLEGAL TOBACCO SEIZED
CUSTOMS officers have uncovered seven-and-a-half kilos of illegal tobacco that had been concealed in a vehicle, which arrived at Dublin Port on a ferry from Holyhead.
A man in his 30s was questioned and later released. A file will now be prepared by officers for the DPP, who will determine if criminal charges should be brought. The Amber Leaf tobacco had an estimated retail value of €3,261 and represented a potential loss to the Exchequer of €2,776.
HUMAN REMAINS FOUND
A human skull and femur were discovered on Feenish island off Carna in Connemara by amateur archaeologists.
It is believed the remains belonged to a child and an adult male and had been buried in the island graveyard. The National Museum of Ireland has been notified of the discovery. The island has not been inhabited for more than three decades.
WILDE ABOUT CONAN
US TALK-show host Conan O'Brien will be presented with an Oscar Wilde Award for his contribution to film industry by 'Community' actor Joel McHale in Santa Barbara, US, on February 27.
US-Ireland Alliance president Trina Vargo said O'Brien's humour, skill and talent in the promotion of films made him a worthy recipient of the award. Last year, Colin Farrell received the award.