EIGHT prisoners remain in isolation in jail while staff wait for them to produce a quantity of drugs that was dropped into the yard by remote controlled helicopter.
One of the inmates, who is serving a five-year sentence for robbery, is being held on his own as staff believe he grabbed most of the haul after the helicopter became tangled with a wire at Wheatfield prison on Tuesday. Officers believe that the prisoner concealed the drugs in his body. A review of security at the jail is now under way.
Businessman Breifne O'Brien will be sentenced on July 30 on multiple charges of multi-million-euro theft and deception.
O'Brien (52), of Kilmore, Monkstown Grove, Co Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to 14 counts earlier this month. They included stealing money and dishonestly inducing people to invest in bogus shipping and insurance schemes, and also bogus property schemes on dates between 2003 and 2008. Judge Patricia Ryan refused a submission by the defence seeking to adjourn sentencing until October due to family difficulties and set a date of July 30. She remanded O'Brien on continuing bail.
NEW CYSTIC FIBROSIS UNIT
A NEW outpatient unit for children with cystic fibrosis is set to open later this summer.
The new unit at University Hospital Galway is now well under way with the HSE aiming to open the new building by the end of July. The unit will consist of four examination rooms, a treatment room and a gym for assessment and physiotherapy. The unit is being part-funded by the Cystic Fibrosis Association.
WEST IS READY TO ROCK
MORE than 15,000 revellers are set to descend on Co Mayo this weekend for a festival of music and food.
More than 70 bands, comedians, chefs and DJs will perform over six stages as part of the third-annual Westport Festival of Music and Food. David Gray will headline on Saturday with Bryan Adams set to wow fans on the Sunday.
IRISHMAN FLOWN HOME
A YOUNG Irishman who was left paralysed in a freak accident while jumping into a pool has been flown home from Australia.
Ryan Croker (25), from Moycullen, Co Galway, was flown home on Wednesday and brought directly to the Mater Hospital. He will spend the "foreseeable" future in the hospital before he is moved to the National Rehabilitation Centre in Dun Laoghaire.