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Supt Noonan told the committee that “we can talk about the statistics all night, but at the end of the day it all comes down a lot of good being done. But we can’t succeed on our own”.

Crime across all categories was down last year, with the exception of break-ins.

While stating that property crime, in general, was down 12 per cent, a drop of 52 such incidents, break-ins was the one crime that increased.
(Source: Tipperary Star)


Lawyers have asked a judge to dismiss the case against two men accused of attacking a referee after the controversial 2010 Leinster football final because he has withdrawn his complaint.

Martin Sludden had been confronted by Louth fans after he allowed a goal to Meath in the closing seconds of the crucial match at Croke Park.

The Co Tyrone-based referee later admitted he was wrong to award the score, which cost Louth the Leinster Championship.

Joseph Conlon (23), and Paul Grimes (50), have denied charges of assaulting Mr Sludden at Croke Park on July 11, 2010.
(Source: Irish Independent)


A one-year-old mare died as a result of severe malnourishment, despite the best efforts of Waterford Animal Welfare and a vet who battled to save her life.

WAW received a tip off of a horse in a weak and emaciated state in fields close to Tesco Ballybeg on Sunday week. On arrival at the scene they were distraught to find the horse in a totally dehydrated and emaciated state. The horse was so weak it couldn’t stand to its feet and it took four people to move her into a trailer.
(Source: Waterford News & Star)


Two men have been arrested in Co Westmeath following the discovery of cannabis plants worth an estimated €500,000.

Gardaí investigating the cultivation of drugs in the midland region made the discovery when they raided an industrial unit on the outskirts of Mullingar last week.

The search uncovered “a grow house” operation, a Garda spokesman said.
(Source: Westmeath Independent)


A major Garda operation that lasted for more than 20 hours was brought to a conclusion last Tuesday in Co Wexford when armed gardaí forced their way into a house where a man had been holed up. The man, in his 30s, was arrested and questioned.

The incident began at about 6pm on Monday, February 6th when the man shut his parents out of the family home at Old Boley, Barntown, Co Wexford.

His parents became concerned for his welfare and rang gardaí.
(Source: The Irish Times)


A Wicklow company is among the 15 businesses nationwide awarded funding under Enterprise Ireland's Competitive Start Fund.

Steven Lock of Monford Ag Systems was present at the announcement made last week by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD.

Monford Ag Systems have developed a smart phone application which allows farmers to monitor grass growth and grassland management. It also helps to carry out analysis on herd management, milk output and other important farming aspects.

The purpose of the Competitive Start Fund is to accelerate the growth of start-up companies that have the capability to succeed in global markets.
(Source: The Wicklow People)