Gardaí are appealing for witnesses following a robbery on the Pouladuff Road early this morning

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Gardaí are appealing for witnesses in relation to a robbery incident that occurred on Pouladuff Road on the 7th December, 2019.

Shortly before 3am, a man in his 20s was walking on Pouladuff Road when he was assault by a number of men. They then stole the man’s wallet and mobile phone and left the scene. The man was brought to Cork University Hospital with non-life threatening injuries and has since been discharged.

Gardaí are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the incident or anyone who was driving in the area between 2.30am and 3.15am this morning and who has dash cam footage, to contact them. Gardaí are particularly anxious to speak to a taxi driver that drove by the garage on Pouladuff Road and a man who was walking in the area.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Bridewell Garda Station on 021-494 3330, The Garda Confidential Line on 1800-666-111 or any Garda Station.




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RSA, GPA and WGPA launch road safety campaign to focus on importance of staying alert when driving

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RSA, GPA and WGPA launch road safety campaign to focus on importance of staying alert when driving

70% of student inter-county players travel home for training 3 or more times per week

6 December 2019: The Road Safety Authority (RSA), Gaelic Players Association (GPA) and Women’s Gaelic Players Association (WGPA) today launched the second phase of their collaboration to promote road safety, with particular focus on the dangers of driver fatigue.

The three organisations are urging drivers, ahead of the Christmas period and as GAA teams start back into pre-season training, to recognise the signs of being too tired to continue driving.

It is estimated that driver fatigue is a contributing factor in as many as 1 in 5 driver deaths in Ireland every year. Research also shows that driver-tiredness related collisions are three times more likely to be fatal or result in a serious injury.

To highlight the dangers of driving while tired, the organisations have produced a series of videos with ambassadors Michael Murphy (Donegal), Niamh Rockett (Waterford), Olivia Divilly (Galway) and Matthew O’Hanlon (Wexford). Michael Murphy’s video was launched today with the other videos to go live in the coming days. The videos can be viewed on the RSA’s YouTube page at RSA GPA/WGPA #StayFocused.*

Moyagh Murdock, Chief Executive, RSA said: “In collaboration with the GPA and WGPA, we want to raise awareness of the killer behaviours on our roads and our latest road safety campaign is focused on the dangers of driver fatigue. If a driver fights sleep while driving, it’s the same as driving while over the drink drive limit. The message behind the campaign is to recognise the signs that you are too tired to continue driving, and then Stop, Sip, Sleep – Stop the car in a safe place, Sip a caffeine drink, and Sleep for 15-20 minutes. At this stage the caffeine will have kicked in and you should be able to continue driving for another hour or so. I would urge all drivers to plan their journeys with the potential deadly effects of driver fatigue in mind and don’t try to fight sleep at the wheel. Turning the radio up or opening the window will not cure tiredness. The only cure for tiredness is sleep.”

The online campaign is targeting younger adults, particularly young males who are more likely to be at risk as they attempt to battle fatigue. The campaign is also focused on highlighting the dangers of driving while tired, to drivers who are classified as high-risk categories including shift workers and those who work irregular hours.

The GPA Student Report ‘A Juggling Act’, published in November, illustrated that 70% of student inter-county players travel home from college for training three or more times per week, 83% are playing with at least three teams and 81% of players are training at least 4 times per week.

Speaking about phase two of its partnership with the RSA, Paul Flynn, Chief Executive, GPA said: “The GPA are delighted to support this campaign to raise awareness around driver fatigue. It is a natural fit for us as many of our members spend a lot of time travelling home for training each week. We are committed to promoting positive driving behaviours among the players but also to raising awareness around driver fatigue to the wider public.”

The first phase of the campaign was launched in August to encourage younger road users to put their mobile phones away while driving and focus all their attention on the road.

For further information please contact:
Road Safety Authority Press Office 096 25008 or Claire Rowley, Drury Porter Novelli, 087 269 5014

To combat the effects of driver fatigue, the RSA advises drivers to Stop, Sip, Sleep:

  • Stop: Park in a safe place.
  • Sip: Drink a caffeine drink like a cup of coffee.
  • Sleep. Set the alarm on your mobile phone and take a 15 minute nap. After the nap get some fresh air and stretch your legs for a few minutes, the caffeine should have started to take effect by then.




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#StormAtiyah – Live Updates & Breaking News – Status Orange

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GLOW Stays Green for 2019 – GLOW, A Cork Christmas Celebration

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GLOW, A Cork Christmas Celebration which is organised by Cork City Council and runs every weekend until December 22nd. See www.glowcork.ie
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Further Information Eimear O’Brien PRTel: 086 8900364Email: eimear@eimearobrienpr.ie





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Presented by Cork City Council, Glow, A Cork Christmas Celebration returns this weekend and sees Bishop Lucey Park and the Grand Parade transformed into a hive of activity with choirs, food traders, and GLOW’s Green Elves. The much-loved Ferris Wheel and the Christmas Markets open on Friday at 12noon while Bishop Lucey Park opens at 4.30pm.
The Greening of GLOW continues this year. The initiative which began in 2016 has seen the progression of the festival to now be a zero-landfill event.

All food and goods sold at the market stalls are packaged in certified compostable packaging, which can be deposited along with leftover food and cutlery (which is also compostable) in the compost bins, while paper, drink cans or bottles can be deposited in the recycling bins.

Throughout GLOW, friendly Green Elves will be on the Grand Parade to help members of the public make the right bin choice and to answer any questions that people might have about the initiative.

Last weekend was the first weekend of GLOW and 860kg of waste was generated. Of this, 600kg was sent for composting and 260kg was sent for recycling. No waste went to landfill.

The Christmas Market features a wide variety of traders including Keith’s Crepes, Knockout Pizza, O Flynn Sausages, Bad Boys BBQ, Canard Sauvage, Dinky Donuts, Sultan Foods, Volcano Pizza and Rebel Burger with all market traders supporting the greening of GLOW.

This weekend also sees choirs from all over Cork perform at GLOW to raise money for charity. Friday sees performances from Club Ceoil Knocknaheeny, GMC Beats, Youth Work Ireland Cork, Scoil Eamonn Rís and St Finbarre’s NS, while Carrigaline Gospel Choir, Cork City Male Voice Choir and Ukidukes will perform on Saturday. On Sunday groups performing include Ballinspittle Comhaltas, St Nicolas Brass Band, Butter Exchange Band, Douglas Comhaltas and Spotlight Performing Arts.

GLOW opens tomorrow with the Christmas Markets and the Ferris Wheel open at 12noon and The National Elf Test Centre in Bishop Lucey Park open at 4.30pm. GLOW runs every weekend until December 22nd.

See www.glowcork.ie for full programme of events.

The Echo and Cork’s 96FM and C103 are the media sponsors of GLOW 2019.




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Bus Éireann – Late Night Bus Services to Midleton and Blarney over the Christmas Period

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Bus Éireann have got in touch to let us know of their Late Night Bus Service over the Christmas Period.

The Christmas Late Night Bus Service will serve Midleton and Blarney,

Dates:

  • Friday 6th & Saturday 7th December
  • Friday 13th & Saturday 14th December
  • Friday 20th & Saturday 21st December

Pick up only: St. Patricks Street

Times:

  • Departing: 01:00, 02:00 and 03:00hrs
  • To: Midleton and Blarney.

On the following routes:

  • Route 261: (Departing Outside Savoy) Dillons Cross – Mayfield – Glanmire – Glounthaune – Carrigtwohill – Midleton – Carrigtwohill – Midleton.
  • Route 215: (Departing Outside Easons) Blackpool – Churchfield – Farranree – Killeens – Blarney – Cloghroe.

Park & Ride – Black Ash, Kinsale Road

Additional opening hours Christmas 2019

  • Sundays – 17th November to Sunday 29th December from 11:00 to 20:30

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  • Open until 22:00 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings until Saturday 28th December – Last Trip City to Black Ash 21:35
  • Late opening Monday 23rd December until 22:00- Last Trip City to Black Ash 21:35
  • Early close Christmas Eve at 18:30-Last Trip City to Black Ash 18:15 
  • Closed Christmas Day, St. Stephen’s Day and New Year’s Day
  • Normal opening hours resume Thursday 2nd January 2020

Temporary Park & Ride – County Hall

A temporary Park & Ride will operate every Saturday and Sunday until 22nd December 

  • Saturday: 23rd & 30th November, 7th 14th 21st December will operate from 09:30 to 20:30
  • Sunday 24th November, 1st 8th 15th will operate from 10:30 to 20:30 and Sun 22nd December from 10:30 to 18:30

Price for temporary Park & Ride County Hall

Family Pass – €5.00

Adult Return – €3.00

Child Return – €1.50

Leap Cards and Free Travel not accepted on the temporary Park & Ride

Today is National Missing Persons Day – a day to commemorate those who have gone missing

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Today, Wednesday 4th December 2019 is National Missing Persons Day, a day which commemorates those who have gone missing and recognises the lasting trauma for their families and friends. National Missing Persons Day also draws attention to open or unsolved missing persons cases, and creates an opportunity to provide information on available support services.

Speaking at the event Garda Commissioner Drew Harris acknowledged a “day of difficult emotions – a day of sadness and a day of hope against hope” and highlighted that “Putting the Missing Persons Bureau under the National Protective Services Bureau means Garda officers with significant expertise in investigating incidents involving vulnerable people coordinate missing person investigations and provide advice to Divisional officers. There has also been a greater focus on ensuring families are kept informed of the progress of investigations, and we have developed international links via Interpol and with the UK”.

Operation ‘Runabay’ was launched by the Missing Persons Bureau of the Garda National Protective Services Bureau on 4th of January 2017, in an effort to identify the bodies of persons located on the western coastal area of Great Britain who may have been reported missing in Ireland.

Speaking at the National Missing Persons Day event Detective Superintendent Gerry Murphy, head of the Missing Persons Bureau stated “The operation brings together partner agencies such as An Garda Síochána, the UK’s National Crime Agency and North Wales Police, as well as other UK constabularies. Recognising the central role that ‘Operation Runabay’ plays in our efforts, it is our intention to extend its remit to include other coastal European countries close to Ireland.

Under Operation ‘Runabay’ the Missing Persons Unit initially aimed to identify suitable cases where it was believed that the missing person may have entered the Irish Sea off the East Coast of Ireland and could then subsequently be located on the West Coast of Great Britain. Once this has been established a DNA sample is voluntarily obtained from a family member in each case and the sample is compared with DNA records held in the UK in respect of all unidentified person.

So far over 250 DNA swabs have been taken by the Missing Persons Bureau and the respective DNA profiles have been placed on our DNA database and this number continues to grow.

Operation ‘Runabay’ will assess missing person’s cases from all coastal regions of Ireland and will include enquiries with the relevant authorities in Spain, Portugal and France. Already there has been interaction with authorities in Spain and France which has resulted in the remains of a missing Irish man being returned to his family.

Since the establishment of Operation ‘Runabay’ in 2017 ten (10) missing people have been identified using comparative analysis with familial DNA.

The Missing Persons Bureau are available to take DNA samples from close family members of any long term missing person who wish to provide them or alternatively they can provide samples to their local Garda Station if they so wish.

An Garda Síochána and the Missing Persons Bureau are appealing to family members who wish to provide a DNA reference sample to assist in the future identification of missing loved ones, to contact the Missing Persons Bureau on 01-6669476, their nominated family liaison officer or their local Garda Station.

Further information on the Garda Missing Persons Bureau can be found here.




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Woman arrested following thefts in Cork City

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Gardaí have arrested a woman in her 30s in relation to three theft from shop incidents in Cork City on the 3rd December, 2019.

Shortly before 2pm, Gardaí received a report after a lady had entered a shop on Patrick Street and was believed to have stolen a number of items. Gardaí carried out a patrol of the area and stopped a woman on Maylor Street. She was found to be in possession of clothing, toys and cosmetics that had been stolen from three shops in the city worth approximately €900. The items have all since been returned to the shops.

The woman was arrested, brought to Bridewell Garda Station and detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984. She has since been charged and is due to appear before Cork District Court this morning, 4th December at 10.30am.




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32 Probationer Gardaí temporarily assigned to assist in the policing of Cork City

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From 2nd December, 2019, 32 Probationer Gardaí will be assigned to the Cork city Garda Division to assist in policing during the busy Christmas period.

The Probationers will be station throughout the city until the 1st January 2020, inclusively. They have been temporarily assigned to:

  • Anglesesea Street
  • Mayfield
  • Watercourse Road
  • Togher
  • Douglas
  • Carrigaline
  • Gurranabraher
  • Ballincollig
  • Bridewell
  • Blackrock

From 2nd January, 2020, 8 of these probationers will then be permanently allocated to Anglesea Street and Mayfield Garda Stations.

Speaking at Anglesea Street Garda Station today, Chief Superintendent Barry McPolin said “I am delighted to welcome the 32 Probationer Gardaí who have been temporarily assigned to assist in our Christmas management plan this year. I am also delighted that 8 of these probationers will then be permanently allocated to Anglesea Street and Mayfield Garda Station. The 32 probationers will be deployed to assist our Gardaí in the city at keys times that have been identified by the Garda Analysis Services. Our aim is proving high viability policing to tackle thefts, drugs, public order incidents and to help the flow of traffic in the city.

The Probationer Gardaí will be in addition to the regular members that policing the city, as well as an additional one Sergeant and four Gardaí who will be patrolling the city centre. Members from our Roads Policing Unit will also be increasing checkpoints targeting drink and drug driving and other general road offences. The flow of traffic will increase in the city and I would ask that where possible, people avail of public transport and use the park and ride facility we have here in Cork. Have a plan in place if you are going out socialising and most importantly, have a safe and happy Christmas.”

Safety Tips during Christmas

  • Be careful when withdrawing money from cash machines and financial institutions
  • Mind your belongings when in crowed areas. Use a handbag or shoulder bag that can be held securely
  • Don’t leave bags or valuables exposed inside a parked car  
  • When visiting the city centre area, park your car in one of the controlled car parks and retain the parking ticket on your person
  • Always lock your car securely when leaving it unattended, even for brief period
  • Report any incident to Gardaí, immediately.  




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Gardaí have commenced operation ‘Open City’ which continues until Christmas Eve

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Today, Monday 2nd December 2019 An Garda Síochána has commenced Operation ‘Open City’ which will continue until Christmas Eve.

The aim of Operation Open City is ‘To facilitate the movement of Public Transport and minimise traffic disruption to the general public, through high visibility and enforcement activity’ in Dublin, Cork and Limerick.

Operation ‘Open City’ involves a multi-agency approach between An Garda Síochána, The National Transport Authority, Local Authorities and transport providers. ‘Open City’ is a high visibility enforcement operation with Gardaí patrolling major arterial routes and link roads during core commuter hours. There will also be particular focus on traffic management issues around car parks at major shopping areas. During the operation enhanced communication will be provided to the public by An Garda Síochána and relevant stakeholders through the use of social media (@GardaTraffic), websites, smart phone apps and roadside variable message signs.

The 197 newly attested Gardaí who graduated last Friday 29th November 2019 take up operational duty today. The 89 Gardaí assigned to the Dublin Region, 32 Gardaí to Cork City and 32 to Limerick City have all been deployed to ‘Open City’. They will support Garda Roads Policing Units and local Garda patrols to help people get about their day’s business, and enjoy the seasonal festivities. The remaining 44 newly attested Gardaí have been deployed to border Divisions.

Operation ‘Open City’ will be run alongside the Christmas Road Safety Enforcement Campaign with both operations focused on reducing road fatalities and keeping people safe.

Safety advice during the Christmas period:

  • Be careful when withdrawing money from cash machines and financial institutions.
  • Mind your belongings when in crowded areas. Use a handbag or shoulder bag that can be held securely.
  • Don’t leave bags or valuables visible inside a parked cars.
  • Park your car in a controlled car park and retain the parking ticket on your person.
  • Always lock your car securely when leaving it unattended, even for brief period.
  • Report any incident to Gardaí, immediately.
For more on Crime Prevention visit Garda.ie https://www.garda.ie/en/Crime-Prevention/

Gardaí investigating an abduction attempt in Bandon on Sunday morning, 1st December 2019

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Gardaí are investigating an abduction attempt in Bandon, which took place yesterday morning.

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses in relation to a robbery and assault incident that occurred on the 1st December, 2019 on Castle Road, Bandon.

A woman, 19, was alone while walking along Castle Street, Brandon as she was approached by a man who attempted to drag her to a car park close by.

Shortly after 3am, a woman was walking on Castle Road when she was approached by a male. The male stole her handbag, knocked her to the ground and assaulted her. Three men who were in the area at the time, happened upon the incident and came to the woman’s assistance.

The woman did not require medical attention at the time of the incident. No arrests have been made.

The suspect is described as being 6ft tall and was wearing black clothing with “PUMA” across his jumper.

The scene had been sealed off for forensic examination. Door to door enquiries are also taking place.

Gardaí are appealing for anyone who was in the Castle Road area of Bandon between 2:45am and 3:30am on the 1st December and who may have witnessed the incident to contact them.

Gardaí are also appealing to anyone who may have seen the suspect that evening to contact Bandon Garda Station on 023 8852200 or Garda Confidential on 1800 666 111.




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