Danny Boyby Daniel O'Carroll
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Female Irish detectives posed as prostitutes in an unprecedented sting operation that saw a total of 21 man convicted of soliciting 'ladies of the night'.
The US-style operation, one of the first on this scale for the Gardaí, took place over almost a month in Limerick city centre and its environs, ultimately bagging the cops a total of 21 convictions before Limerick District Court, all of whom were directed to make a donation to a local charity by the judge.
Although Caolan Mulrooney, a 19 year old teenager, tragically was found dead just two days after the story's publication, it was clear within hours of it going to press, while the search was still ongoing, that the body had not yet been found, and that the story had been deliberately invented.
The story, by journalist Marisa Lynch, sparked widespread fury in Cork and on the Twittersphere.
Students, in fairness, should have relatively little to complain about after today's first installment of the Budget.
While much of the country still braces to see precisely how Enda Kenny and his Cabinet will go about making the kind of massive cuts that prompted the Prime Minster to make a rare 'state of the nation'address on public television last night, all students have to contend with, after the first of two Budgetary installments, is what should seem like a relatively trifling €250 ($336) hike in their fees, alongside a 3% cut in the maintenance grant, a first-line student assistance fund.