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€70k cannabis found in woods

Gardai have seized cannabis resin with an estimated street value of €70,000 in a search of a wooded area.

The search was carried out yesterday afternoon as part of an investigation into organised crime and drug trafficking in the Tipperary area.

During the operation, gardai searched a wooded area at Carraigeen near Clonmel and discovered the cannabis resin, along with cocaine with a street value of €3,000.

Gardai said that there were no arrests during the operation and enquiries are continuing.

MURPHY MEETS

TURK PROTESTERS

Dublin MEP Paul Murphy has travelled to Turkey and is meeting protesters who clashed with police.

The Socialist Party MEP arrived last night in Istanbul where clashes between protesters and police in Taksim Square have led to more than 1,700 arrests, 1,500 injuries and three deaths.

The violence erupted last week over the construction of a new shopping centre in Istanbul's Gezi Park.

Mr Murphy is eager to show solidarity with the protesters.

NEW DNA CLUE

TO RARE CANCER

Researchers have uncovered the genetic fingerprint for a rare type of cancer, leading to hopes for more targeted treatment in the future.

DNA sequencing has revealed that mucosal melanoma, arising in the body's mucose membranes, has a completely different gene profile to the related – and much more common – condition melanoma skin cancer, or cutaneous melanoma.

Scientists could now target the genetic faults that cause the condition when looking for new treatments for patients.

PRISONERS GET

FIRST-CLASS GRUB

PRISONERS in the country's main prison for sex offenders are being fed food of "excellent" quality.

Arbour Hill Prison's kitchen has won a Q mark for for hygiene and food safety, a report by the Prison Visiting Committee said.

"The quality of the food provided to the prisoners is excellent," remarked the report.


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