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Three jailed for €290 million cocaine haul

Three men have been jailed for between eight and 10 years for their parts in a major drug smuggling operation in 2013. The English trio, John Powell from West Yorkshire;  Ben Mellor from Bradford and Thomas Britteon from Grimsby were detained by the Naval Service on the 18-metre yacht Makayabella 200 miles off the West Cork coast, with on board the biggest drugs haul since Dances with Waves later estimated

Boost in Garda recruitment is good news for communities in West Cork

FINE Gael TD for Cork South West has welcomed the announcement that Garda recruitment will be accelerated in 2015, saying it is good news for communities in West Cork and a clear demonstration of Fine Gael’s commitment to strengthening the Gardaí. “Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD, has announced that the Government is to accelerate the recruitment of Gardaí, with a further 250 recruits due to enter Garda

Singer Roy Harper cleared of indecent assault charges

WEST Cork-based folk singer Roy Harper has been cleared of two historical indecent assault charges at his trial at Worcester Crown Court in England. The Rossmore resident was charged with the indecent assault of a 16-year-old girl which was alleged to have taken place at his then residence, a farmhouse in Marden, Herefordshire on dates in 1980 and 1981. In that instance the jury returned a not guilty verdict.

Man recovering in hospital following Skibbereen stabbing

A 49-year-old man is recovering in Cork University Hospital (CUH) following a stabbing incident that occurred in Skibbereen at around 11pm on Friday night. The man suffered several stab wounds but they are understood to be non-life threatening. The victim approached a group of friends who were out walking alomg Noerth Street and then collapsed and the bystanders raised the alarm and emergency services were quickly in attendance.

Creed welcomes Justice Minister to Macroom in push for new garda station

CORK North West TD, Michael Creed welcomed his colleague the Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald TD, to Macroom on Saturday recently to discuss the urgent need for a new Garda station in the town. Commenting on the meeting Deputy Creed said, “I was pleased to get the opportunity to show the Minister first- hand the poor facilities Gardaí are working with in the Macroom station, in order to underline the

Not guilty verdict for Ballygarvan plumber

THE plumber who converted a boiler at the Trident Hotel in Kinsale which then killed a woman by carbon monoxide poisoning has been found not guilty of manslaughter by a jury. Richard Davis (46) from Ballygarvan pleaded not guilty to the manslaughter of Miriam Reidy who was found dead in her room at the hotel in January 2011. Ms Reidy, from Limerick was attending a hen party in Kinsale and

Big brother comes to Clonakilty as CCTV system goes live

CLOSED circuit television cameras are set to change the nature of policing in many of the towns across West Cork with Clonakilty being the latest town to go live this week. Cork Southwest TD Jim Daly has welcomed the installation of eight new security cameras erected at strategic locations throughout the town of Clonakilty and confirmed that Clonakilty will be looking to further extend the number of cameras in the

Ian Bailey civil action begins

A CIVIL action brought by Ian Bailey who claims he was wrongly arrested in connection with the murder of Frenchwoman Sophie Toscan du Plantier in 1996 has begun at the High Court. Mr Bailey (57) who lives neat Schull on the Mizen Peninsula is suing the Garda Commissioner, Minister for Justice and the Attorney General for damages.