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Former champion amateur rider O'Brien - now master at the famous Ballydoyle stable - has trained a winner in almost every major Flat race in Ireland and Britain, and celebrated successes in France and the United States.

He is enjoying another fine season, with his standard bearer being Australian import So You Think. The giant five-year-old has won the Tattersalls Gold Cup, Eclipse Stakes and Irish Champion Stakes, and is the current favorite for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp next month.

The settlement, made under the name of Whisperview Trading Ltd, included unpaid tax of almost 177,640 euro and interest and penalties of nearly 348,500 euro.

A total of 114 businesses were named and shamed on the latest defaulters' list. They made 26.25 million euro of payments between April and June.

The largest amount - for more than 3.6 million euro - was made by Co Antrim-based property developers Eassda Ireland Ltd. It included nearly 2.6 million euro for unpaid tax and fines and penalties of just over a million euro.

Two other defaulters also exceeded the million euro mark - with company director Kieran Kenny of Duncarrig Road, Sutton, Co Dublin, paying 1.2 million euro and Spanish engineering firm Felguera Montajes y Mantenimiento handing over 1 million euro.

Revenue Commissioners said the total yield from audit and investigation programs settled in the period over the three months was 113.1 million euro.
(Source: Belfast Telegraph)


Gardai seized cannabis plants and specialist growing equipment with a combined value of almost €1 million in separate raids against two criminal networks in Co Laois and Co Louth.

Garda sources said the arrest of two Irish men is significant in that it adds to growing evidence Irish crime gangs are becoming involved in cannabis cultivation, which had been dominated here by Asian gangs until recently.

In the latest raid, at a house in Co Laois, members of the Garda National Drugs Unit discovered one of the largest growing operations ever found here.

An estimated 1,500 cannabis plants were found in the house in Kyletalesha, near Portlaoise, at 1am last Thursday.

The cannabis, which has an estimated street value of €600,000, was found growing in rooms in the rented house, kitted out with specialist intensive growing equipment.

Gardaí confiscated large high-wattage lamps which emit the intense light and heat the plants require.

n irrigation system made up of a network of hoses running into each plant from the bathroom had also been set up, and the house had been fitted with ventilation units to pump the pungent air from the plants out of the house.

Gardaí have arrested three men and a woman in their 20s – two from Vietnam and two from Ireland.

hey were taken to Tullamore Garda station for questioning under section 2 of the Drug Trafficking Act.

The seizure of the cannabis and the arrests were part of Operation Nitrogen, an ongoing dedicated investigation by the drugs unit into gangs running cannabis grow-houses nationwide.

In an earlier search under Operation Nitrogen, members of the drugs unit arrested a 43-year-old Vietnamese man at a property in Co Louth when a cannabis crop valued at €250,000 was found.

The estimated 500 plants were found in a house just outside the village of Collon that had been turned into a sophisticated growing operation.
(Source: Irish Times)


The oldest rowing club in Ireland is at the forefront of an exciting new development for the sport in Ireland.

A brand-new international-class rowing course is being planned for Lough Rinn in Co Leitrim, with Carrick-on-Shannon rowing club, which is 175 years old this year, playing a big part in its development.

Fáilte Ireland has made a large amount of funding, believed to be €225,000, available for the development, and it is understood Leitrim County Council will add funding up to €300,000 to develop the course.

The initial plan is for a six-lane, 2,000-metre course; starting pontoons and retractable starting equipment; the extension of car-parking facilities and a campsite already on the lake to include changing facilities; and a raised viewing area.

“We will have an elevated site on the side of the lake. On the other side we have Lough Rynn castle and hotel with its walled gardens. There is a viewing area there as well,” said Sinead McDermott, the tourism officer of Leitrim County Council.
(Source: Irish Times)


This is the 33-unit housing estate in Co Limerick owned by one of the Irish travelers living on the controversial and illegal Dale Farm camp in England.

The substantial detached houses, which could sell for over €400,000 each, have been under construction since 2004.

Irish travelers living on England’s largest illegal halting site at Dale Farm in Essex face eviction this week.

The traveler, who can’t be identified because he shares the same name with five other travelers on the Dale Farm site, became the title holder of the ‘ghost’ estate in Rathkeale, Co Limerick last year.