Shatter says judgments come too slow
JUSTICE Minister Alan Shatter has criticised the time it takes for judgments to be delivered in the High Court and Supreme Court. Mr Shatter said there were 19 cases before the Supreme Court and 15 in the High Court where judgments had been reserved for more than six months. Judgment is awaited in seven of the Supreme Court cases and three of the High Court cases for more than a year. Mr Shatter said this was of significant concern.
Two dogs found after sanctuary raid
TWO of the six dogs stolen in a raid on an animal sanctuary at the weekend have been found.
The dogs were taken in a break-in at the facility run by the Galway Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (GSPCA) near the village of Killimor.
The premises was ransacked during the raid on Saturday night and the six dogs stolen had been recently taken from their owners in cruelty cases.
A husky and a greyhound lurcher have been recovered but the search is continuing for three terriers and another lurcher.
Margaret O'Sullivan of the GSPCA said the search was continuing for the remaining dogs. It has not been disclosed where the two dogs were recovered.
Coveney to fight for fishing rights
AGRICULTURE Minister Simon Coveney is gearing up for "intense and aggressive" talks with his EU counterparts in Brussels today, where he will haggle for a share of the bloc's fish stocks.
The European Commission is threatening to reduce quotas -- the fraction of each stock fishermen are allowed to catch -- in two key fisheries for Ireland, which the Government says it will oppose. Fishermen say they could lose out on €10m a year if the EU slashes Dublin Bay prawn allowances by 19pc as planned. Mr Coveney says he will also fight moves to reduce haddock and whiting quotas in the Celtic Sea.
Disruption after fatality on train line
THOUSANDS of commuters faced disruption at rush hour last night following a fatality on a major rail line.
The Northern Commuter line and DART services between Malahide and Howth and Howth Junction were suspended in both directions for about two hours last night following a fatality on the rail line at Malahide.
Gardai said a woman was killed after she was struck by the high-speed Enterprise train en route from Dublin Connolly station to Belfast at approximately 3.20pm.
Gardai said they were treating the incident as a personal tragedy.
The station re-opened and services resumed around 6pm.
Bus transfers were in operation for Enterprise passengers between Drogheda and Dublin in both directions.