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Youth denies danger driving

A YOUTH, who denies leading gardai on pursuit in a stolen car in which he allegedly drove in the path of oncoming traffic, has been remanded on bail.

The 17-year-old has been charged at the Dublin Children's Court with dangerous driving, using a stolen car, having no licence or insurance and possessing a stolen taxi plate.

Defence solicitor Eileen McCabe told Judge Bryan Smyth yesterday that a not guilty plea was being entered.

The teenager was remanded on conditional bail to appear again in March. He was given at 9pm to 8am curfew.

Detective John Paul Moriarty said the boy allegedly drove on the wrong side of the road at the North Wall Quay against oncoming traffic and forced them to take evasive action.

€96m illegal cigs seized

Customs officers seized €95.8m worth of smuggled tobacco last year -- up almost 70pc on 2008.

The bulk of the rise was down to Europe's largest-ever seizure of cigarettes in October -- more than 120 million valued at €50m -- from a vessel docked at Greenore Port in Co Louth.

The record haul involved 80,000 Palace and Chelsea cigarettes stuffed into 1,489 animal feed bags in a vessel that sailed to Ireland from the Philippines.

Preliminary figures from the Revenue Commissioners for last year also reveal 96,532 litres of bootleg alcohol was found smuggled into the country.