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In brief: Gardai arrest drug dealers targeting city's treatment centres for addicts

Gardai in Dublin's two main city centre stations have carried out hundreds of arrests in the past month as part of a campaign to round up drug dealers attracted into the centre by the 18 drug-treatment centres located there.

'Operation Stilts', which has shifted hundreds of dealers from city-centre locations towards the inner suburb areas, was instigated after Dublin Lord Mayor Gerry Breen issued a call for the relocation of the drug-treatment centres which, he said, were magnets for addicts.

Thousands of addicts have been teeming into the centre to buy and sell drugs. Since last autumn the supply of heroin into Europe has been severely disrupted and much of the dealing has been in synthetic heroin tablets smuggled her in large quantities, mainly from China.

NUIG may call time on College Week

NUI Galway President Dr Jim Browne has called for an end to 'College Week', after a week of drunken behaviour by students and 30 arrests for public order offences.

The students caused disruption in residential areas around the campus and university officials have warned that offending students will be expelled.

Residents living near the university, said that hundreds of drunken students caused serious disruption with up to 150 students attending a late-night party in one house on Wednesday. Elderly folk and families with young children complained to gardai who carried out a number of arrests.

The university told residents affected by the drunken behaviour that it intends to issue an official apology.

No winner of €6.9m Lotto jackpot

THERE was no winner of last night's €6,925,296 Lotto jackpot. The numbers were 1, 8, 15, 21, 24, 25 (bonus 42).

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There were two Match 5+bonus winners who each receive €25,000; 104 Match 5s (€977); 156 Match 4+bonus (€163); 4,125 Match 4s (€38); 3,923 Match 3+bonus (€27); and 59,232 Match 3s (€5). The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 15, 21, 27, 28, 30, 43 (bonus 2) and the Lotto Plus 2 numbers were 9, 21, 32, 33, 36, 39 (bonus 20).

In the UK draw for stg£13m, the numbers were 4, 13, 23, 29, 41, 43 (bonus 49).

Controversial FF senator not running

A controversial Fianna Fail senator who is linked to an ongoing legal action by Ulster Bank for the recovery of €13.6m from Irish Nationwide Building Society, along with a number of businessmen in the border area, will not be seeking re-election to Seanad Eireann.

Francie O'Brien, 67, from Monaghan, who was a senator for the past 22 years, said that although he had received a nomination for re-election from the Dairy Executive Association he was stepping down.

Bikers to hold annual church service

bikers from all over Ireland who lost their lives in road accidents are to be remembered at a special church service in two months' time in Clones, Co Monaghan.

The 'Gone But Not Forgotten' committee of bikers has arranged for a special memorial Mass at the Sacred Heart Church on May 6. Key organiser Fr John Kearns said yesterday: "This will be the ninth such annual memorial and it will attract huge crowds from all over the country."

Parking warning for city's horse fair

Gardai are warning that there will be severe parking and driving restrictions around Smithfield in Dublin as the largest horse fair of 2011 is taking place in the plaza today.

This is because Dublin City Council has started work on Smithfield Plaza and space normally occupied by the horse fair will not be available.

O'Shea to be Kerry Person of the Year

Crohan O'Shea has been selected as Kerry Person of the Year. Sponsored by Kerry Group, the award will be presented to Mr O'Shea at Oiche Chiarrai, the association's annual dinner dance, which takes place in the D4 Berkeley Hotel, Lansdowne Road, Dublin 4, on Friday.

Mr O'Shea from Lohar, Waterville, Co Kerry, who along with his wife Nancy has six children, started his career with the ESB before founding C J O'Shea Ltd in London in 1966. He has since built the specialist formwork service into a construction company with a worldwide reputation.

Two cities cancel St Patrick's parades

St Patrick's Day parades have been cancelled in Shanghai and Moscow. Chinese authorities have begun a clampdown on activities by foreigners as they are deemed threatening to political stability. A volunteer-run group will hold an invitation-only, indoor event instead.

Moscow has opted to cancel its St Patrick's Day parade as part of the city's effort to stop traffic jams. The annual parade has been in operation for 19 years.

Penneys close to buying flagship store

Discount fashion retailer Penneys is close to purchasing its flagship store in central Dublin from the National Asset Management Agency. The building, which includes overhead offices, is worth about €25m and was developed by Liam Carroll.

The deal is subject to Nama approval and is expected to go through before the end of the month.

Carroll's construction company Danninger, design group Royceton and development arm Dunloe Ewart are all based in the building. Danninger is now in examinership. Other tenants in the building include Norkom and British bank Halifax, which is trying to find a replacement tenant for its offices there.

Tenants like Google and Penneys are interested in acquiring their buildings at present because new accounting rules make it more attractive for them to buy property than lease it.

FF TDs ordered to increase workload

FF TDs have been urged to "adopt a neighbouring constituency" by party leader Micheal Martin.

The absence of a single FF TD from 25 of the country's 43 constituencies means sitting TDs will have to do the parliamentary work for failed candidates.

TDs such as Billy Kelleher will now be expected to do the constituency work for the two neighbouring Kerry constituencies and Cork South West, all of which are without a FF TD. Others such as Dara Calleary, who already serves all of Mayo, will have to add counties such as Sligo and Leitrim to his brief.

Gardai in appeal over missing person

GardaI in Ronanstown are renewing their appeal for assistance in tracing the whereabouts of Esra Uyrun, 38.

Ms Uyrun not been seen since leaving her home at Collinstown Grove, Clondalkin, in a Grey Renault Twingo at 7.15am, on February 23. The car has since been found in the Bray area. She is 5'3" tall, with dark hair and green eyes. When last seen she was wearing black leggings, white Nike trainers, and a dark top. Anyone with information is asked to contact Ronanstown Garda Station at (01) 666 7700, Bray Garda Station at (01) 666 5300 or the Garda Confidential Line on (1800) 666 111.

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