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A father and daughter have been remanded in custody in relation to the discovery of $1.9 million worth of cocaine and cannabis and $510,000 of cannabis, respectively, at two addresses in Kilkenny city.
Leo Hayden (50) of Assumption Place, Kilkenny, (opposite Nowlan Park G.A.A. grounds) was charged on Saturday, September 22 with possession of $1.9 million worth of cocaine and cannabis, for sale or supply, after he was arrested on Thursday night. The offense is alleged to have occurred at Mill Road, Gowran.
His daughter, Melissa Hayden (20) of Ayrfield, Lord Edward Street, (The Butts) Kilkenny, is charged with possession of cannabis resin worth $510,000 at Assumption Place in Kilkenny.
[Source: Kilkenny People]
The perpetrators of last Wednesday’s gangland-style execution in Portarlington need to be caught and brought to justice.
That’s according to Fine Gael Deputy Charlie Flanagan. “I urge members of the local community to be vigilant and report any information they may have to the Gardaí (police). These people are not wanted in Laois and they are not wanted in the area.”
Deputy Flanagan described the incident as quite shocking and that it brought home to the people of Laois that gangland criminality is no longer a Dublin phenomenon.
He added, “I understand that the Garda serious crime unit are in the town of Portarlington investigating and I urge anyone in the area that saw anything to make it known to the Gardaí.”
Meanwhile, Sinn Féin Deputy Brian Stanley said local people were concerned and appalled that a man would be shot in broad daylight in front of his two children. “There has been a certain amount of gangland activity around Portarlington in recent years and this is a very serious escalation.”
[Source: Leinster Express]
The tragic news which emerged last Wednesday, September 19 that 15-year-old Dromahair schoolgirl Ciara Pugsley had taken her own life has left a community in deep shock and the fact that she is believed to have been “driven” to such action as a result of online bullying makes the tragedy all the sadder.
The sight of students in their school uniforms, players and officials from the Leitrim Ladies football community, the Dromahair ladies football team, as well as members of the equestrian, sub-aqua and karate clubs, of which she was a member, gave an indication of how popular and well-regarded Ciara Pugsley was.
[Source: Leitrim Observer]
A Limerick student whose wheelchair was cruelly stolen from outside his home on Sunday, September 23 has returned to school at St. Nessan’s after St. Gabriel’s School in Dooradoyle stepped in with a replacement.
A number of people contacted the Limerick Leader with offers to loan or pay for a wheelchair for 16-year-old Thomondgate lad Shane Dundon, having read that he was housebound after a gang of youths smashed up his means of getting around town.
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