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Foreign police help up by 6pc

Foreign police forces asked for Irish assistance in more than 300 criminal investigations, up 6pc on 2008, official figures revealed today.

The Department of Justice said the requests were linked to murder, rape, sexual assault, drug trafficking, money laundering and fraud -- with the UK, Spain and Germany making the most approaches.

Justice Minister Dermot Ahern said it showed the country's commitment to fighting international crime.

"These figures show the extent to which Ireland is providing and seeking assistance in relation to the international fight against crime," he said.

Taxi plan 'fails to help drivers'

A new action plan to reform the taxi industry does nothing to address the needs of struggling drivers, union leaders said today.

The Commission for Taxi Regulation's programme includes a review of the national maximum taxi fare, the introduction of a fleet licence and an online register of licence-holders.

Irish Taxi Council president Frank Byrne said: "We're in talks with our legal team about those regulations and we've issued proceedings -- I'm not one to accept anything lying down."

Harbourmaster in job battle

A Co Kerry harbourmaster has secured a High Court injunction preventing his purported dismissal from his position.

Yesterday at the High Court Mr Justice Bryan McMahon granted Michael O'Carroll an interim injunction restraining Tralee and Fenit Harbour Commissioners from dismissing him.

Judge McMahon made the matter returnable to a sitting of the High Court early next month.

'Prince of Pot' gets five years

Canada's so-called Prince of Pot has pleaded guilty to a drug charge in exchange for a five-year prison term.

Marc Emery appeared in US District Court in Seattle, Washington. He sold millions of marijuana seeds to US customers before his arrest in 2005.

He admitted one count of conspiracy to manufacture marijuana in exchange for the agreed sentence.