Missing garda fears
Gardai are concerned about the safety of a colleague, who has been missing from his home since Tuesday.
Terry Lawlor (33), pictured, who is based at Garda HQ in the Phoenix Park, has not been seen since he left his home in Celbridge, Co Kildare, on Tuesday. Officers believe he flew to the UK and may be in London. Last night they appealed for help in tracing him. He is described as 6ft 2in tall, of large build, with dark, short hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information has been asked to call the confidential line, 1800 666111.
PENALTY POINTS BLITZ
GARDAI issued more than 100 fixed penalty point notices during an operation targeting mobile phone use while driving. As part of Operation Artery, gardai in Dublin staged checkpoints across the city yesterday.
Assistant Commissioner John Twomey said: "It is vital that all road users are aware of their surroundings and have optimum reaction times – using a mobile phone while driving is a barrier to both of these."
€56,000 COCAINE HAUL
COCAINE worth €56,000 was seized after gardai stopped and searched a taxi. Two people were arrested. "As part of an investigation targeting the sale and supply of drugs, members of the Organised Crime Unit carried out a search operation in the Tallaght area," a garda spokesman said. The occupants of the car, a man in his 30s and a teenager, were arrested yesterday.
Meanwhile, a tip-off from two sniffer dogs led Customs officers to a haul of herbal cannabis, with a street value of €90,000, in a vehicle at Rosslare Europort yesterday. The driver, a UK national, was arrested.
HONOURS FOR DCU
DUBLIN City University (DCU) is listed among the top 50 young universities in the world.
It is the third year running that it features in the table, which showcases leading universities established since 1964. DCU is placed 44th in the QS Top 50 Under 50.
ASHFORD BUYS LODGE
THE owners of Ashford Castle have snapped up the neighbouring Lisloughrey Lodge from receivers for an undisclosed sum.
The four-star boutique hotel was put on the market last year by receivers KPMG with a guide price of €2.5m. Red Carnation Hotels finalised the deal for the 50-bed property this week.