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15-year-old running drugs

A CIRCUIT Court judge has commented that the use of a 15-year-old for running drugs “paints a very sad picture of what our society has degenerated to”. Judge Gerald Keys was commenting in the case of a 18-year-old, who pleaded guilty to the possession of cannabis for sale or supply at an Ennis halting site on March 12, 2012. Giving evidence at Ennis Circuit Criminal Court, Detective Garda Gary Stack outlined that gardaí were conducting a surveillance operation of a halting site on March 12, 2012. At 8.05pm, he said he observed the accused leaving the rear of the halting site and going to meet a man in a car. He collected a package and he said gardaí moved in to apprehend him. “He dropped the pack in a field and fled. He re-emerged from his house later and he was arrested,” Detective Stack said. He explained that the package that he dropped was a Ben 10 toy box and …

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Halting sites arson a ‘cost to the taxpayer’

GARDAÍ investigating three arson attacks at houses at Beech Park halting site in Ennis, and separately a further arson attack of a house in Ashline halting site last week, say no arrests have been made. The latest arson attack occurred between 12am on Tuesday, August 20 and 9am on Wednesday, August 21 when three unoccupied houses in Beech Park halting site in Ennis were damaged by fire. Some form of accelerant was used to douse the buildings. Although it did not ignite, considerable smoke damage was caused to the interiors. The arson attacks have been condemned by the chairman of Clare County Council’s Local Traveller Accommodation Consultative Committee (LTACC) Councillor Brian Meaney, who said these arsons exemplify taxpayers’ money “going up in smoke”. He claimed more than €34 million has been invested in Traveller-specific accommodation in the county over a 12-year period, since Clare County Council embarked on a project to provide housing and caravan bays for members of the …

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