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IFA appoints Rural Crime Prevention Executive

THE IFA has appointed a Rural Crime Prevention Executive to support the development of IFA crime prevention policy and the roll out of Theft Stop, a joint initiative with An Garda Siochana. The appointment, which is the first of its kind in Ireland, is a very clear demonstration of IFA’s commitment to tackling the issue of rural crime. Colin Connolly is a native of County Kildare and former member of

Closure of seven West Cork Garda stations saved just €28,000 says councillor

SINN Féin councillor Rachel McCarthy has issued a scathing criticism of the Fine Gael and Labour parties over the closure of seven garda stations in West Cork that resulted in savings of just €28,000 per year. Between 2012 and 2013 seven Garda stations across West Cork were closed saving of €4,000 per year on each closure. The information is contained in the answer provided by the Minister For Justice in

Communities in west Cork living in fear of criminality claims councillor

CORK South-West Fianna Fáil election candidate Margaret Murphy O’Mahony has claimed that communities across West Cork are suffering an ongoing wave of burglaries and increased anti-social behaviour in some parts of the county. Councillor Murphy O’Mahony was speaking after Fianna Fáil committed to restoring garda numbers to the crucial strength of 14,000, the current number of gardaí is now less than 12,800.

Major cigarette seizure in Skibbereen

REVENUE officers, with assistance from An Garda Síochana have seized 403,000 cigarettes in Skibbereen with a retail value of approximately €222,500. Following an indication by Harvey, Revenue’s sniffer dog, approximately 42,000 unstamped “NZ Slim” cigarettes were seized at a commercial premises in Cork city by Revenue officers. The cigarettes were concealed inside several mannequins.

Retired Kerry Bishop attacked in on train

by Stephen Johnson THE Diocese of Kerry has confirmed reports that retired Kerry Bishop Bill Murphy was attacked and punched while traveling on a train to Dublin last month by a man claiming that the Diocese had not responded adequately to complaints of child sexual abuse.

Shock at robberies and vandalism in the Rossmore area

WIDESPREAD feelings of shock, disbelief and disappointment were felt by the people of Kilmeen and Castleventry Parish when they discovered one morning recently that thieves had stolen several baskets of flowers which were on public display in their community. Sixteen baskets of flowers which were bolted on to strong specially crafted metal frames secured to four bridges in the parish disappeared overnight. In each case the metal fittings were thrown

New Garda vehicles for West Cork

THE West Cork area is set to receive 13 Garda cars in 2015 according to local Fine Gael TD Noel Harrington. Seven cars have been issued to West Cork so far this year with six due to be issued in the coming weeks. In addition to this 2015 allocation, €27.5 million was invested in new Garda vehicles between 2012 and 2014.

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