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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

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