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The haul of weapons was uncovered after officers stopped and searched the baggage of a passenger arriving in Belfast from London, and who had traveled there from the USA.
(Source: Belfast Telegraph)


A man has driven himself to a prison for help after he was injured in a gun attack in Dublin.

The shooting happened on Sarsfield Road, Ballyfermot, at about 11:10pm last Tuesday. The victim, a 32-year-old, was hit in the side of his body as he sat in a car outside Finnegan's pub. He drove himself to nearby Cloverhill Prison, where he called for help.

The car involved in the shooting has been seized for forensic examination.
(Source: Irish Independent)


Bomb disposal officers removed a suspect package from an airport early last week.

The item was found on a small plane at St. Angelo - a small airport outside Enniskillen. The PSNI said the package was taken away by army technical officers for further examination.

There has been no official confirmation from the PSNI regarding what the package contained, but a spokeswoman this morning said it was not an explosive device.

The airport, which is close to a number of residential houses and a busy sawmill business, is mainly used by recreational fliers and private jets. The security alert saw the main Enniskillen to Kesh road closed for a period.
(Source: Irish Times)


After months of protest, the Occupy Galway camp was dismantled last week by the gardaí (police) and members of the Galway City Council.

The camp, which had been there for 215 days, was set up to signify a solidarity with the other “Occupy” protests throughout the US and Europe. However, the council said it was erected without consent, claiming that the camp was illegal and that the occupiers had refused to leave it in a voluntary manner.

The council has said that the camp needed to be cleared ahead of the Volvo Ocean Race which is due to take place in Galway in July.
(Source: Irish Times)


Kerry County Council has admitted works it was carrying out in closing a rubbish hole at a large landfill site north of Tralee is responsible for a huge and sudden increase in the fly population in the area of Stacks Mountains, but it is denying it is responsible for the plague of flies in Tralee, 18kms from the landfill.

Tralee councillor Cathal Foley said businesses were unable to contain the assault by the flies and had lost a considerable amount of money as a result of having to throw out food.

He is seeking a detailed report from the council on the fly infestation caused by the works at the landfill site.

(Source: The Kerryman)


A father and son escaped injury when a shot was fired at the front door of their home last week.
The normally quiet village of Suncroft was shattered by the sudden blast of gunfire at around 9.30pm on May 8.

The shot was aimed at the front door of a house in the Church View Estate, opposite the local parish church.

According to Sgt John Flaherty of Kildare Garda Station, the door of the property was damaged but the occupants of the house were uninjured in the attack. Investigations are currently ongoing.
(Source: Kildare Nationalist)


Kilkenny man Garrett Byrne, chef and owner of Campagne estaurant, has been crowned Best Chef in Ireland at the Irish Restaurant Awards.

The awards ceremony was held on Monday night at Dublin’s Burlington Hotel. To cap off a perfect evening for Mr. Byrne, Campagne was also named Best Restaurant in Leinster.

“I was very surprised to get it, I really wasn’t expecting it,” said Mr. Byrne. “It hasn’t totally sunk in yet, but we’re absolutely thrilled.”

(Source: Kilkenny People)


A Portarlington man was ordered to work alongside the litter warden for seven days to find out what it’s like to have to clean up after his dumping when he appeared at Portlaoise District Court last week.

He appeared on two counts of disposing of waste in a manner likely to cause environmental harm at Corrig Glen, Station Road, Portarlington and at Kilcappagh Bog, Cloneygowan.

After her ruling, Judge Catherine Staines adjourned the case until June 15th, when she “wants a letter from Laois Co Council saying that he has completed seven days cleaning up rubbish. If he does that satisfactorily, he won’t go to jail.”
(Source: Laois Nationalist)


Gardai (police) in Carrick-on-Shannon are warning licensed premises to be aware that beer kegs are being stolen shortly after they are delivered at premises in the county.

They are urging people in the trade to be mindful of delivery times and to immediately move beer kegs into a secure place.

The people carrying out these thefts would need transport of a certain size to remove the kegs and people are asked to be aware of any suspicious activity and to report any concerns to their local Garda Station
(Source: Leitrim Observer)