Sunday 17 December 2017

Ex-soldier had €400k of drugs

A FORMER army officer has been sentenced to three and a half years in prison after he "dealt with the devil" and got caught with almost €400,000 worth of herbal cannabis.

Father-of-two Gerard Daly had 12 years' service in the Defence Forces before being discharged from duty over his first drugs offence.

Daly (30), of Hillcrest Avenue, Lucan, Co Dublin, pleaded guilty to possessing almost 20 kilos of the drug for sale or supply at his home on April 22, 2013, along with 43 blank ammunition cartridges. He told gardai he had agreed to hold the drugs in return for €1,000 as he was financially hard up.

Vet unsure over top dog's death

The veterinarian looking into last week's suspect death of a show dog that returned from Britain's premier canine event says it is still unclear whether material found in the dog was eaten upon his return to Belgium or earlier.

Show dog Jagger, a three-year-old Irish Setter, collapsed and died early last Friday after leaving the Crufts show in Birmingham, causing an international outcry since there were fears it was poisoned at the show. Final test results are due next week.

Drones strike at Islamic State

US and coalition forces conducted 13 air strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq and two in Syria since Tuesday, the US military said.

Five of the strikes in Iraq were centred on the Islamic State-held city of Mosul and three each were aimed near Fallujah and al Qaim, destroying buildings, vehicles and artillery, the Combined Joint Task Force said yesterday. The Syria strikes destroyed two Islamic State vehicles near Kobani and hit multiple oil pump jackets near al Hasakah, it said.

Gallery bans selfie sticks

Selfie sticks have been banned by one of the UK's leading art galleries - and other cultural venues could follow suit.

Visitors to the National Gallery will not be able to use the devices to take photographs of themselves. The venue in Trafalgar Square, central London, has placed selfie sticks in the same category as tripods, which are already prohibited.

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