Thursday 20 September 2018

Addict jailed for €780k haul

A Dublin man who had €780,000 worth of drugs, including €100,000 worth of heroin, at his home has been jailed for seven years.

Mark Mahony (33) of Oakcourt Lawn, Palmerstown, admitted having the drugs for sale or supply on January 17.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard Mahony was arrested in Naas as part of a Garda operation and told detectives there were more drugs at his home.

There, gardai found heroin, cocaine, cannabis and PCP, a cheap substitute for cocaine.

Defence said he agreed to transport and hold the drugs because of a cocaine addiction.


An online advert placed by a performance poet asking for a housemate to dress part-time as a walrus has inspired a Hollywood film.

Screenwriter and actor Kevin Smith was so taken with Chris Parkinson's Gumtree post for the fake housemate he decided to make the story into a film called Tusk.

Smith tracked down 32-year-old Mr Parkinson and flew him to the set in North Carolina, making him an associate director.


Former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi has begged senators not to kick him out of parliament, claiming new evidence proves he did not commit tax fraud.

In a last-ditch bid to stave off a vote that could keep him out of office for years, Berlusconi (77) claimed new statements and 15,000 pages of documentation prove he is innocent – even though his trial is over and his guilty verdict has been upheld by Italy's highest court.

Berlusconi wrote to senators from the Democratic Party and populist Five Star Movement 48 hours before the vote.


Tickets for Monty Python's five London comeback shows have sold out in minutes.

The first show on July 1 sold out almost instantly and was soon followed by four extra shows at London's O2.

Fans snapped up the tickets – thought to be for around 72,000 seats – in the space of just 55 minutes after phone lines opened at 10am.

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