Power tools stolen
Gardai are investigating the theft of expensive power tools from vehicles in a Midlands town. Three vans were broken into in Granard, Co Longford, over the weekend. The thefts were discovered by a passer-by at about 6am on Saturday when his suspicions were aroused by a trail of broken glass and other items scattered on the ground.
The vehicles, used by tradesmen living in the Parnell Row area, were parked outside the owners' homes. Gardai believe the power tools will be offered to unsuspecting buyers on the black market. Anyone with information is asked to contact Granard gardai at 043 6686512.
007 LOTS SNAPPED UP
JAMES Bond fans bought almost everything on offer at a specialised auction of memorabilia associated with the fictional spy at the weekend. More than 120 rare items went under the hammer at the Limerick Auction Rooms.
Among the lots sold were a number of first-edition books signed by Bond author Ian Fleming, which attracted interest from telephone bidders as far afield as California. A first-edition copy of 'Moonraker', published in 1955, which had a guide price of between €600 and €700, sold for €480.
TD MOURNS SISTER
INDEPENDENT TD Thomas Pringle is mourning the loss of his younger sister, Lulu, who died peacefully at the North West Hospice, Sligo, on Saturday after a battle against illness.
Ms Pringle (44), a single mother of two children aged three and five, who lived in Mountcharles, Co Donegal, was a former weekly newspaper executive and restaurant owner. Her cremation will take place at Mount Jerome Crematorium, Dublin, tomorrow.
PIPE BOMB FOUND
A street in a residential area in Dublin was sealed off last night after a suspected explosive device was discovered. The device, believed to be a pipe bomb, was found at around 10pm on the Shangan Road in Ballymun.
The street was closed off while the army's Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team was called. The house where the device was found was evacuated but no arrests have been made.
&EURO;45,000 CASH SEIZED
A MAN in his 30s has been arrested after €45,000 in cash was seized by customs officers at Dublin Port.
The money, which was found as the man tried to board a ferry to Holyhead, was taken from him under Proceeds of Crime legislation.