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Sunday 25 February 2018

Woman held over 'baby' search

A 37-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of wasting police time after reports that a baby fell from a ferry into the sea turned out to be false.

A huge air and sea search was launched on Wednesday night when it was feared that two people, a woman and possibly a baby, had fallen from the Stena Superfast ferry as it made its way into Belfast Harbour from Cairnryan in Scotland. Within 15 minutes of falling overboard, the woman was plucked from the ice cold waters and brought to hospital where she was later said to be in a stable condition.

A massive search continued for 10 hours for what everybody believed was a missing nine-day old child. The woman was yesterday arrested as part of a PSNI investigation into the fruitless search operation. "We do not believe there was a baby in the woman's care on the ferry," officers said.

Martin voices congress hope

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin hopes the forthcoming Eucharistic Congress will show the world the Church is "alive and anxious to set out on a path of renewal".

Speaking at a Vatican briefing in Rome yesterday, the archbishop said although the Church here has been battered by public criticism, there is a general sense that the congress in Dublin from June 10-17 will be a positive event.

"Even in secularised Ireland there is recognition that this is an important event for the Catholic Church that others should respect."

Man arrested in cannabis raid

A CHINESE man was in custody last night after gardai uncovered yet another cannabis grow house with plants worth an estimated €320,000.

Gardai made their move around 5pm when they raided a house in Urlingford, Co Kilkenny. In the upstairs of the house they found 400 cannabis plants. The rooms were rigged out with an irrigation system. A Chinese man, in his 20s, was arrested at the scene. He is being held at Kilkenny garda station and can be detained for up to seven days.

Irish Independent

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