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"There is a trail of destruction being left behind by drug dealers," commented Judge Hughes during a case involving an 18-year-old heroin addict at the district court on Wednesday last.

"It is heartbreaking to see people like this young man in court. I fear dearly for the lives of these young people.

"The toughest possible action needs to be taken against the 'drug lords' who are supplying heroin in this town. They should be hounded out of the place."

Garda Inspector Aidan Minnock said he agreed fully with the judge's remarks.

Another case last Wednesday involved a 26-year-old woman who is on a methadone treatment programme but is continuing to take heroin. During this case, the judge said he had noticed an increase in the number of females coming before him with serious drug problems.

"Regrettably, I'm seeing more girls coming in here to court. Physically, you deteriorate so much after taking heroin. You develop twitches and become emaciated - and that's just one aspect of it. It has such an adverse physical impact on your body," he told the defendant.

(Source: Westmeath Independent)


The 24th Winter Shore Angling Festival will be hosted on Co Wexford's east-facing beaches from 26-28 January, the Gorey Guardian reports.

Ireland's Dave Roe will be aiming to repeat his winning effort last year in a strong field of contenders that will also include UK match angling greats Alan Yates and Chris Clarke.

Codling, whiting, dab, coalfish and rockling will be the top catches over the weekend competition, which last year had a total prize fund of more than €8,000.

And even those not competing will get a lot out of watching the best match anglers using the latest equipment and techniques to gain the edge over their opponents.


A Bray man who wouldn't pay a €20 taxi fare caused over €1,000 worth of damage to the car with a lump of timber.

The incident occurred at 11.10 p.m. on August 13 at Oldcourt Park in Bray.

Garda Robert Carty was called to the scene where it emerged that Thomas Moorehouse (19), 7A Oldcourt Park, had been picked up from Rochestown Avenue and had refused to pay the fare near his home.

A struggle ensued between Moorehouse and the driver, during which the defendant threatened to stab the driver with a night.

He went off, but had dropped his phone so returned to the scene to get it. He ended up smashing the driver's own phone against a nearby pillar and subsequently damaged the roof and side panels of the car.
(Source: The Wicklow People)