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Cannabis Grow House Uncovered – Two Nenagh Men Arrested

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Four men; two from Nenagh, in Co. Tipperary, have been arrested in connection with the seizure of an estimated €200,000 worth of cannabis plants.

As part of an ongoing investigation into the sale and supply of drugs; the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau, the Special Crime Task Force and local drugs units carried out a number of searches yesterday, Friday June 9th 2017, and uncovered a cannabis grow house, containing plants with an estimated street value of €200,000.

The searches undertaken targeted Nenagh in Co Tipperary; Castlebar, Co Mayo, and Dundalk, Co Louth.

The men arrested are understood to be aged 29, 37, 38 and 45, and are being held at various Garda stations under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.

Ireland’s recent rate of cannabis usage is similar to the rest of Europe, averaging 14%, but, worryingly for Ireland, our usage has increased by 6% since 2003. This fact is despite Ireland having the fourth highest expected prison sentence, 12 years, for supplying 1kg or more of cannabis.


Stolen Property, Value €200,000, Recovered in Tipp.

A quantity of valuable, stolen equipment has been recovered in Co Tipperary.

As part of ongoing investigations, Gardaí in Cahir, Co. Tipperary have recovered property, with an estimated value of some €200,000; found in a number of rented sheds, as part of a surveillance led operation.

The equipment, understood to include industrial generators, gardening equipment, quads, sprayers, mini-diggers, and other agricultural equipment, is believed to have been stolen during burglaries which took place, both in Ireland and the UK.

A man, understood to be in his late 20’s has been arrested and currently remains detained at Cahir, Garda Station; held under the provisions of section 4 of the Criminal Justice act 1984, for which he can be detained, subject to the provisions of this section; for questioning for six hours from the time of his arrest.


Thurles Sky’s Hide Strawberry Moon

Thurles Sky watchers should have had a chance to catch a glimpse of the full “strawberry moon” tonight Friday, June 9th;  the sixth full moon on the 2017 lunar calendar and the last full moon of the spring season in the northern hemisphere.

Alas, our Tipperary skys are clouded over and presently, to use the old Irish phrase describing heavy rain showers, “Tá sé ag caitheamh sceana gréasaí,” or translated from the Irish to English: “It’s throwing cobblers knives.”

Tonight’s moon should have been the smallest looking moon of 2017, as it will be the furthest distance from the Earth when it reaches its fullest phase.

Often referred to as the strawberry moon in warmer climates, because June in some areas is the prime month for harvesting strawberries. Here in Ireland, my late Granny always referred to this moon as the ‘Rose Moon’, viewing with such pleasure her climbing, rambler ‘American Pillar’ roses which she had nailed, over the years with leather straps to the stables south facing timber wall. She would smile when asked where she had acquired it; replying, “I borrowed a slip from a friend.”

Perhaps, if you don’t get a chance to see this full strawberry or rose moon tonight, do check it out tomorrow night (Saturday June 10th), when the potential clouded sky’s over Thurles may be more revealing.


Global Confectionery Giant Mars Recall Chocolate

Mars Ireland and Mars Chocolate UK are voluntarily recalling certain Galaxy Smooth Milk Chocolate bars, Galaxy Minstrels, and Galaxy Counters and Teasers bars, which they admit may potentially carry Salmonella.

Following routine testing the company fear that some of their ingredient product may carry the potentially deadly bacteria and warn consumers not to eat the affected confectionery .

The products affected, listed below, all have a ‘best-before’ date of either May 6th 2018 or May 13th 2018.

The known products being recalled are listed hereunder :
(A) Galaxy Milk 200g Bar – product code AC76R, batches 719G1SLO00, 719G2SLO00, with the best before date of May 6, 2018, and batches 720A2SLO00, 720B1SLO00 with the best before date of May 13, 2018.
(B) Galaxy Milk 42g Bar – product code AN22R, batch number 719G2SLO00, with the best before date of May 6, 2018.
(C) Galaxy Milk 4x42g Multipack Bars – product code AF67D, batches 719G1SLO00 and 719G2SLO00 with the best before date of May 6, 2018.
(D) Galaxy Counters 112g Pouch – product code AW99G in Ireland, batch numbers 720B1SLO00 and 720C1SLO00 with best before dates of May 13, 2018.
(E) Galaxy Counters 78g Treat Bag – product code AW99N, batch number 719G2SLO00, with the best before date of May, 6, 2018.
(F) Galaxy Minstrels 118g Pouch (Sweet Nights In promotion) – product code BJ30K, batch number 720B1SLO00, with the best before date of May 13, 2018.
(G) Maltesters Teasers 35g Bar – product code AX46E, batches 720C1SLO00 and 720D2SLO00 in the UK and Ireland, with the best before date of May 13, 2018.

Consumers are advised not to eat any of the listed products, but to contact Mars’ Consumer Care Team on Tel: 1890 812315 or www.mars.ie/contact.

Symptoms of Salmonella poisoning include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps. Same develops 12 to 72 hours after infection, and the illness can lastup to 7 days. Most people recover without treatment, however diarrhoea and dehydration may be so severe that it becomes  necessary to enter hospital.

Persons who have impaired immune systems, some older adults, and infants are at highest risk.


FSAI Issue Closure Order On Tipperary Food Outlet

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) today report that seven ‘Closure Orders’ and one ‘Prohibition Order’ were served on food businesses during the month of May, for breaches of food safety legislation, pursuant to the FSAI Act, 1998 and the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010.

The Enforcement Orders were issued by environmental health officers in the Health Service Executive.

The Closure Orders and one Prohibition Order relate to premises in Dublin, Sligo, Wicklow, Donegal and include one ‘Closure Order’ in Co.Tipperary.

The Tipperary ‘Closure Order’ refers to the food preparation area and associated food activities at the Maid of Erin public house, situated at No’s 9/10 Church Street, Tipperary Town, Co. Tipperary which has now been declared a ‘Closed Area’.

This closure does not preclude or impede, in any way, the service of drinks in the bar areas of the premises.

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) was first established under the Food Safety Authority of Ireland Act, 1998.  This Act was legislated in July 1998 and came into effect on 1st January 1999.

The Authority is a statutory, independent and science-based body, dedicated to protecting public health and consumer interests in the area of food safety and hygiene.

The principal function of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland is to protect consumers by leading a collaborative food safety community to continuously raise food standards and create a culture of excellence.