A 76-year-old Tipperary woman, Ms Eileen Britton, has failed in her claim against the Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney, after slipping as she left the ballroom floor during an annual event known as the Lisdoonvarna Gathering, some five years ago.
At around 1.50am on the morning of Saturday November 27th in 2009, Ms Britton of Twomileborris, Thurles, Co Tipperary; then aged 71 years, had been leaving the dance floor, in the company of her husband, when she slipped and fractured her left wrist in two places.
Judge James O’Donohoe, sitting at the Circuit Civil Court in Tralee and who had adjourned this case from last Thursday in Killarney, for judgement having heard evidence for some three hours, found in favour of the Killarney hotel establishment.
Ms Britton, who admitted she was wearing dancing shoes with three-inch high heels, maintained the floor was unusually slippy and she had seen other people also slipping. The Gleneagle Hotel had vehemently denied accusations of using any form of dance powder on its floor, stating it was against the strict policy of the hotel to use any such substances on their maple floor, latter substances normally used in an effort to aid the easy foot movements of those dancing.
Summing up today Judge O’Donohoe stated that the Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney was a very well run establishment and was equally well maintained and Ms Britton, he stated, was involved in a somewhat hazardous activity, given her age.
Judge James O’Donohoe also awarded costs against Ms Britton.
More than 60 Gardaí, employed in the South Eastern region, have arrested six men as part of their ongoing operational set up to target, disrupt and eventually dismantle the illegal manufacturing and trafficking of medicines and other controlled drugs.
The searches began before dawn at some 20 locations; targeting the gangs and seizing six tablet-making machines, latter which had the capacity to make hundreds of thousands of controlled and illegal drugs.
All six men, believed to be from Kilkenny city, were detained as a result of a number of searches over the past year in which facilities used to manufacture medicines were discovered at locations here in Tipperary and also in Limerick, Kilkenny, Galway and Roscommon.
A number of searches were conducted in Kilkenny, Carlow, Glenmore, Bennettsbridge, Lismore and Waterford this morning, (16th December 2014). These planned searches involving Gardaí from the Kilkenny/ Carlow, Tipperary, Waterford and Roscommon backed up by members of the Regional Support Units and the Garda Dog Unit.
The six men, all ranging in ages from their mid 20’s to mid 40’s are now being detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984 at various Garda Stations in the South Eastern Region.
Police Officers from all countries across Europe, including Ireland, are to begin a week-long campaign on Monday next, December 8th 2014 to raise awareness of the dangers of drunk and drug driving. The campaign is co-ordinated by TISPOL (the European Traffic Police Network), and involves officers conducting alcohol and drug checks at any time of the day and night.
TISPOL President Garda Chief Superintendent Aidan Reid says: “Driving after consuming any alcohol is dangerous. Driving while over the drink drive limit is against the law. Drivers will experience slower reactions, poor judgement of speed, reduced co-ordination and concentration with much lower levels of alcohol in their system. “That’s why our message this year is simple: your ability to drive safely is impaired by even a small amount of alcohol. So if you have had a drink, do not drive. If you need to drive, then do not drink.”
Drivers can expect highly visible and widespread enforcement of alcohol and drug laws during the operation, at any location and at any time of day or night.
Chief Superintendent Reid says it’s also important to be aware of the continuing effects of alcohol the day after an evening of drinking. “Your body takes time to remove alcohol from your system. If it is still present in your body, then it will be identified during a breath test. That’s why a night’s sleep is no guarantee that you’re safe and legal to drive the next morning,” he warned.
“If you have used recreational drugs, then do not drive. If you are taking medicine, whether prescribed or purchased over the counter, then read the notes of advice that go with it. If these tell you not to drive after taking the medicine, then do not drive. The advice is there for a reason, to keep you and others safe.”
“If you are in any doubt about medicines and driving, then our advice is to consult a healthcare professional before you get behind the wheel.”
During a similar week-long operation in December 2013, 1.1 million drivers were checked in 31 European countries. Officers reported 15,305 alcohol offences and 2,133 drug offences, as well as more than 2,500 other crimes.
The results of this co-ordinated operation are expected to be made available by mid January 2015, don’t be part of their statistics.
A Judge in Clonmel Court has ruled this morning that the former Fine Gael TD and Minister Michael Lowry should now stand trial on five charges relating to Income Tax matters.
Justice Tom Teehan gave his verdict on a number of applications made by Mr Lowry’s defence team at Clonmel Court this morning. Latter had previously argued that Mr Lowry could not get a fair trial.
Council for the State Mr Remy Farrell had made the claim that a jury in Co Tipperary could be biased, objectively or subjectively, having given Deputy Lowry their first preference votes during past General Elections. Mr Lowry’s legal team had claimed that their client had no liability for the alleged taxes being sought and this fact was backed up by two sets of expert accountants.
The sixty year-old independent Tipperary TD and native of Holycross now faces five charges, including knowingly completing incorrect tax returns on a number of dates between 2003 and 2007.
Judge Teehan, who rejected the defence arguments, has directed that the trial will now go ahead before Dublin Circuit Court at a date as yet to be agreed.
Some 62 new recruits from the Garda Reserve; made up of 21 women and 41 men successfully graduated today from the Garda training centre at Templemore, Co Tipperary, all having completed their training.
The new graduates included three members, natives of Co. Tipperary and also members with French, Polish, Latvian and Lithuanian nationalities.
In addressing these graduating Garda Reservists, the newly appointed Garda Commissioner Ms Noirin O’Sullivan confirmed that 100 new recruits will enter the college on December 8th next, bringing the number of trainees presently in the college to 200. One hundred more recruits are also expected to enter training in January 2015.