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In brief: City on alert after high-tide forecast

CORK has been placed on flood alert due to the combination of high tides and strong winds forecast for the weekend.

Residents and traders were warned that the flood threat would be at its highest at 6am and 6pm/7pm today and tomorrow in low-lying quayside and city-centre areas including Trinity Bridge and Stable Lane.

16 arrested in drugs round-up

SIXTEEN people suspected to have been involved in a major drug-dealing network were arrested by gardai yesterday.

Of the 16 men and women arrested as part of Operation Kelso -- which targets heroin, cocaine and crack dealers in Limerick -- at least 12 were brought before Limerick District Court yesterday. Most of yesterday's raids occurred in Limerick city but three men were also detained in Newcastle West. Further arrests are expected over this weekend.

Forest fires bill hits €3.5m

FOREST fires inflicted €3.5m worth of damage to crops and property in the past year, it was revealed yesterday.

Figures supplied by Coillte showed that over 780 hectares of their forestry were destroyed in 547 fires in 2010. Both the gardai and Coillte appealed to landowners and farmers to take care when starting fires on privately owned land that adjoin forests.

Work disputes down by 40pc

THE number of industrial disputes plummeted by almost 40pc last year.

Industrial strife eased dramatically as the number of disputes dropped to just 14 compared with 23 the previous year. A total of 6,602 days were lost due to industrial action during the year, compared with a massive 329,593 days in 2009. The main dispute last year was at lifts firm Pickerings, which lasted six months.

Judge John O'Hagan

We have been asked to point out by Judge John O'Hagan that a quote attributed to him from a court report on February 12 in relation to the sentencing of a teenager for dangerous driving causing the death of Garda Robbie McCallion was incorrect.

Judge O'Hagan did not say he was "merely following the instructions of the Minister for Justice" when he instructed the jury to ignore the fact that Mr McCallion was a garda. Judge O'Hagan actually said he was "merely following justice". We are happy to clarify this and regret any embarrassment caused.

Irish Independent