News from around the 32 counties of Ireland



Additional police officers may be drafted into north Belfast over the weekend following an incident last Thursday involving rival factions of the UDA. PSNI officers were called to the York Road area before 1pm last Thursday afternoon after receiving a report of a disturbance involving the man regarded as the UDA leader in the area and a friend of Andre Shoukri. Loyalist sources in the area say words were exchanged between the two men outside the home of the mother of one of them before a brief physical confrontation took place.
(Source: Belfast Telegraph)

Seven men were arrested after 8m counterfeit cigarettes were seized near the border in Co Armagh last Tuesday. The cigarettes, which are worth an estimated €2.85m, were discovered hidden in a shipment of under-floor heating pipes. Five of the men arrested are from Co Louth, one is from Co Limerick and the other is from Co Armagh. The cigarettes are thought to have originated in China.
(Source: Belfast Telegraph)

A 26-year-old local man who used a hotel room in Carlow town as a base for selling drugs was caught red handed by gardaí (police) last week. The local man, who is known to gardaí, was found in a room in the Talbot Hotel, Graiguecullen last Tuesday with a substantial amount of cannabis grass and cash. Carlow gardaí received a tip off from hotel staff of the illegal operation and swooped on the premises, where they found the young man dividing up the cannabis.
(Source: The Carlow Nationalist)

Scores of people in Cavan and Monaghan have received high pressure telephone calls from men speaking with Indian accents offering to repair a new type of virus on their computers. Belturbet town councillor Elizabeth McDermott is among those who have been at the receiving end of what she believes is a form of extracting credit card details from people answering the phone in their own homes. She was aware of at least six people in the Belturbet area who received such calls in the last week.
(Source: The Angle Celt)

Ennis gardaí (police) are investigating a petrol bomb attack on a local authority house in Ballinruan, four miles from Crusheen village, in the early hours of last weekend. Gardaí and the fire service were called to the scene after Bernard Hassett, who lives in the house concerned, contacted the emergency services. The occupant, who is a pensioner, has lived in the one bedroom house for four years.
(Source: The Clare Champion)

The port of Cork has posted an increase in traffic for 2010 with a particularly encouraging increase in exports. While all sectors at the Port of Cork experienced a challenging period during 2010, the end of year total trade traffic shows an increase. Total trade in 2010 through the Port of Cork amounted to 8.8 million tonnes, an increase of 8.6 per cent compared to 2009. One area of increase that has a very positive effect on the local economy is the increase in exports from the Port.
Source: (Cork Independent)

A police officer who admitted downloading 603 indecent images of children from the internet has been told he will go to jail for the offences. Brian Connor (46), from Clooney Road in Knockloughrim, Co Londonderry, wept in the dock at the Crown Court in Derry last week when Judge Piers Grant told him he would receive a custodial sentence. Connor, a police officer for 26 years, was dismissed from the PSNI last year when he pleaded guilty to 27 specimen charges of downloading the indecent images.
(Source: Belfast Telegraph)

As few as one in ten teenagers here are wearing seat belts on school buses and unless the trend changes a tragedy involving a school bus could happen on Donegal's roads, it has been warned. Garda (police) spot checks are being carried out to highlight the problem and the Donegal Road Safety Working Group has warned the possibility of withdrawing bus passes from students who don't wear seat belts could happen.
(Source: Donegal Democrat)

A County Down building firm which once employed about 200 people has been placed into administration. McGimpsey and Kane (MGK) builders were based in Kircubbin near Newtownards, but ceased trading in September 2010. It was an award winning firm whose work included the construction of high-end houses in Belfast and north Down. The men who controlled the firm, Bryan McGimpsey and Ian Robinson, have also been declared bankrupt.
(Source: Belfast Telegraph)

Police have implemented a zero tolerance policy against 'aggressive begging' in north inner city Dublin. Officers have been instructed to clamp down on the practice, which has escalated in recent months. The zone being targeted includes Marlborough St, Talbot St, North Earl St, Lower Abbey St, Eden Quay and the Liffey Boardwalk. The operation began last Monday when 30 arrests were made and will continue for four weeks, it is understood.
(Source: The Evening Hearld)