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Gardaí Seize €70,000 Worth Of Cocaine In Nenagh, Co. Tipp.

Nenagh Gardaí are investigating the discovery of what is understood to be a consignment of cocaine (subject to confirmation by analysis) with an estimated street value of over €70,000 in Co. Tipperary.

The consignment first came to the attention of Gardaí on Wednesday last January 17th, resulting in the drugs being seized at Nenagh Fire Station, Limerick Road in Nenagh.

A man in his 30s was arrested on Thursday and detained for questioning at Nenagh Garda Station before being released without charge.

A file will now be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions and the investigation is ongoing.

Tipperary County Council have made no comment in relation to the seizure, however they confirmed they are co-operating with the Garda investigation.

Cocaine has become the second most trafficked illegal drug in the world and no longer the drug of choice for just wealthy people. Today it has the reputation of being a most dangerous and highly addictive drug, strongly linked to poverty, serious crime and death.

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Thurles Gets A Mention In Graham Norton’s “Holding”

We all know we should be reading more, so it is still not too late to include it in our 2018 list of New Year’s resolutions. To this end, for the year 2018, Thurles.Info (Deo volente) will be recommending for each month, January through to December, a ‘Book of the Month’ blog.

Our first recommendation for this year has to be “Holding” by Graham Norton. You may not be aware, but Graham Norton, the Irish born and much-loved presenter of the BBC’s “The Graham Norton Show”, has written his first fiction novel and it will come as no surprise to fans that same is nothing short of brilliant.

Set in the small west Cork town of Duneen, “Holding” introduces you to a cast of characters whose ordinary lives are irrevocably changed when the body of a young man is found buried on a local building site.

The plot of “Holding” may come as a surprise to readers when one considers Graham Norton’s genius reputation for comedy on ‘Fr. Ted’ and as a T.V. presenter, but “Holding” reveals yet another side to our Mr Graham Norton. His debut novel is a sensitive story of love, loss and hope, punctuated throughout with witty and shrewd observations of life, still to be found, so much in abundance, here in rural Ireland.

A central character in “Holding” is the rotund and often underestimated Garda Sgt. P.J. Collins. In Chapter 5, when a little of Sgt. Collins’ back story is revealed, we discover that our own much-loved Irish town of Thurles, Co. Tipperary gets a mention and plays a part in bringing Garda Sgt. Collins to the remote town of Duneen, quote, “After Graduating from Templemore, he had been stationed in Thurles. He liked the job well enough… In Thurles he worked longer hours than anyone else and was always the first to volunteer for the shifts that nobody else wanted”.

“Holding” by Graham Norton is published by Hodder & Stoughton and is available to purchase at Bookworm Liberty Square, Thurles or online from Amazon.

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Tipperary Worst In Ireland For ‘Jury Duty’ Attendance

“Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgement ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?”

Gospel of St. Matthew Ch. 7: V. 1-3 (King James Version)

It is highly unlikely that due to religious staunchness, over 12,000 people failed to appear for ‘Jury Duty’ in Ireland this year, however not so much as one person has been fined in respect of this breach of municipal duty in the past three years, under the 2008 updated rules and regulations.

Figures provided to the Irish Sun newspaper under the Freedom of Information Act, found that of some 120,010 people called for jury duty in 2017, over 10 %, or some 12,214 persons failed to make an appearance. This is despite the fact that Government strengthened the Juries Act of 1976, in 2008, by increasing the fine for those failing to attend on such duties to €500. (The full text of these offences are set down in Part V of the Juries Act, 1976 as amended by Part 6 Civil Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2008.)

Some 62% of persons called to attend on Jury Duty in 2017 here in the Premier County (Tipperary) failed to turn up; representing more than three times the rate for any other county in Ireland.

Limerick came in second, after Co. Tipperary, with 18%, followed closely by Co. Louth in third place with 16%.  It was Co. Sligo who showed up best with an attendance record where just 3.3% of individuals summoned failing to show.

So What is the Reason for this Neglect of Duty?

Firstly, many of those called come under the heading of “Those who are excused as of right”, from Jury Service; e.g. Persons aged 65 and over. Those who provide an important community service including practising doctors, nurses, midwives, dentists, vets and chemists. If you are self-employed and your attendance at jury service can mean you cannot earn a living, you may qualify for excusal from Jury Service, at the discretion of the County Registrar.

Secondly, in many cases people have to travel, and if, for example, residents of Thurles are called to attend at Nenagh Courthouse it is an all round 77km (or 49 mile) journey, making it difficult for people who don’t have secondary transportation or indeed any transportation whatsoever.

Thirdly, since the Department of Transport have greatly curtailed rural bus services, such depleted services do not take into account the opening hours of Courts throughout Tipperary for those without personal transport.

Fourthly, Unlike England, who even provide 9.6pence (Sterling) per mile to those who use a bicycle to attend court; Ireland on the other hand grant no payment whatsoever for Jury Service and travelling expenses are not permitted.
In Ireland, the only reward is that if you are serving as a Juror, lunch will be provided on any day that a trial is being heard. If you are in employment, Section 29 of the Juries Act, 1976, places a duty on all employers to allow you attend for Jury Service. The law also states that the time spent on Jury Service is to be treated as if the employee were actually employed. In other words, if you are in employment and are attending for jury service, you are entitled to be paid while you are away from work.
Also there should be no loss of any other employment rights, while you serve on a Jury, while the County Registrar is required to provide a certificate of attendance on request for employers who may seek confirmation through their employee.

As one resident stated to me today, quote “Why would I give the state €10.00 worth of petrol, plus the wear & tear on my car on potholed roads, to attend Jury Service; first to end up not being chosen, and secondly, if chosen, to watch as hardened criminals found guilty, receive light sentences from our justice system. Sure the State can’t afford to grant truly deserved jail sentences any more, so repeat offenders are permitted to roam free”.

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Cultivated Cannabis Seized In Roscrea

Cannabis

A number of searches, conducted under ‘Operation Thor’ yesterday and last night, saw four searches in the Newport area and two searches in the Roscrea area of Co. Tipperary.

Following the searches a male was arrested and today remains in custody following the location and seizure of an anticipated fifty thousand Euro worth cannabis under cultivation.

The discovery was made in the precincts of Roscrea town, during an intelligence fed, planned search, which saw Tipperary Divisional Drugs Squad uncovered the drug.

The man arrested is understood to be detained at Nenagh Garda station, where he remains currently for questioning by detectives.

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Criminals Target Copper In South Tipperary

On November 11th, 2017, Thurles.Info warned our Tipperary public of criminals targeting copper for resale as scrap to, shall we just say, ambiguous agents dealing in metal.

Gardaí are now appealing for witnesses to certain criminal activity which is understood to have taken place over a 3 day period, on November 16th, 17th and 18th last.

This criminal goings-on occurred close to an area known as Killistafford Cross, Dualla Village near Cashel, Co. Tipperary and involved the theft of metres of telephone cable cut down and removed for its copper value, to be sold on to scrap metal merchants.

It is understood that the thieves involved were dressed to appear as telephone contractors.

Gardaí in Cashel are appealing for anyone who was in this area on the dates in question, to contact them at Tel: (062) 75840 or on the Garda Confidential Line Tel: 1800 666 111.

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