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The woman said she had been grabbed and bundled into a car, driven by a woman, while on her way to meet her boyfriend near the Square in Dundalk.

She told the court she was then taken across the border and sexually assaulted before escaping from a house in Newry and alerting police.
[Source: Examiner Newspaper]


Roll-your-own tobacco disguised as tea and valued at some $134,000 was seized by Revenue Customs officers last Wednesday.

The quarter-ton of tobacco was concealed in bags marked as tea from China. The illegal load was discovered when officers from Dublin Airport intercepted a van in north Dublin City. The seizure was part of an operation against a Dublin-based smuggling and distribution gang.

Officers questioned one person in relation to the find and a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions. The load represented a loss of $95,000 to the exchequer.
[Source: Irish Times]


Policing Lough Erne for the G8 is a “significant” operation and anyone that breaches the restriction zone in place will be held accountable, according to P.S.N.I. Superintendent Alywin Barton.

As part of the security effort specialist police boats crews that patrolled the waterways around the London Olympics have been deployed to the Lough during June.

Marine teams that ensured the safety of the Thames and sailing venues at Weymouth and Portland on England’s south coast are already on the waters of Lough Erne, with further high speed boats on the way.
[Source: Fermanagh Herald]


A Galway senator is calling for changes regarding the pupil-teacher ratio in Gaeltacht schools to be reversed.

Gaeltacht primary schools used to have a slightly better ratio compared to other schools, but this was increased in the 2012 budget.

It's now thought around 80 percent of the Gaeltacht primary schools nationwide have four teachers or less.
[Source: Galway Bay FM]


A man has been arrested after drugs with an estimated street value of $185,000 were seized in County Kerry.

The haul – found at a residential property in Ardfert – included cannabis herb, cannabis resin, cocaine and a small amount of M.D.M.A.

The planned operation Friday evening, May 31, was conducted by Gardaí (police) from the Kerry Divisional Drug Unit, assisted by local units.

The suspect, who is aged in his mid-20s, was detained at the scene.
[Source: Irish Examiner]


Clongowes Wood College is Kildare’s top school in terms of sending students on to university. The school is ranked number one in Leinster and 21st in the country. The table, which featured in The Sunday Times two weekends ago, listed Ireland’s top 400 schools based on the average proportion of pupils who went on to university in Ireland and Britain, teacher training colleges, Royal College of Surgeons, and the National College of Art and Design.
[Source: Leinster Leader]


Tenders for the new pedestrian bridge in Kilkenny City are in and have been opened, with construction work expected to begin on the project next month.

The closing date for receipt of tenders for the Bateman Quay bridge passed in May. The bridge is estimated to be completed within 16 weeks.

The new bridge will traverse the River Nore from Bateman Quay to John’s Quay near the Carnegie Library. It is not yet known what the bridge will be called, or if the public will have a say in the naming of it.
[Source: Kilkenny People]


Junior doctors assigned to cover the Accident and Emergency Department of Portlaoise Hospital is set to fall by one-third, next month.

From July, there are only four junior doctors guaranteed to be on duty in the A&E, according to the Irish Association of Emergency Medicine.

Earlier this year, the I.A.E.M. warned of staff shortages at middle grade level, but said that the problem would worsen after July.

But two weeks ago, the I.A.E.M. said that A&Es across the country, including Portlaoise are “teetering on the edge of total collapse.”
[Source: Leinster Express]


Thieves have made off with copper wire valued at over $13,000 following a break-in at the E.S.B. Service Store on the Elphin Road, Carrick-on-Shannon.

The raid occurred sometime on the evening of May 31.

The thieves broke down a fence at the rear of the property to gain access to the metal.
[Source: Leitrim Observer]


A plumber is to face a trial before the circuit court after he was charged with the manslaughter of a County Limerick woman who died in a Cork hotel more than two years ago.

Richard Davis (44) of Killanully, Ballygarvan, Co. Cork, was brought before Macroom District Court after he was charged with unlawfully killing Miriam Reidy (35), from Ballyhahill, who died from carbon monoxide poisoning at the Trident Hotel in Kinsale on January 4, 2011.