Missing Person Appeal – Mariana Rezmuves, 20 Years Old





Gardaí are appealing to the public for assistance in tracing the whereabouts of 20 year old Mariana Rezmuves who was last seen on Sunday, 5th July 2020, in Dundalk, County Louth.

Mariana is described as being approximately 5 foot 6 inches in height with a slim build, brown hair, and brown eyes.

Anyone with any information on Mariana’s whereabouts are asked to contact Dundalk Garda Station on 042 9388 400, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.


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Skibbereen’s Town Team take Steps for Success





Established under Cork County Council’s Project ACT initiative to support communities, businesses and industry as they look to recover from the impact of COVID-19, significant moves have been made to enhance Skibbereen as a safe, vibrant and welcoming town for residents and visitors alike, less than two months since Skibbereen’s first Town Team meeting.

A suite of measures has been carried out in Skibbereen following extensive collaboration between Cork County Council and the local Town Team, including members of An Garda Síochána, Skibbereen Chamber of Commerce, Skibbereen Tidy Towns, Skibbereen Geriatric Society and other community representatives working in unison and for the betterment the rural town.

Works carried out to date as part of the Council’s ongoing Project ACT include a deep clean and decluttering of footpaths and public areas, cleaning of signs and bollards and footpath repairs. Cork County Council has also awarded Project ACT Town Development Funding for the purchase of street furniture in a number of public spaces within the town, as well as funds to support street entertainment, which has led to live entertainment taking place on the streets each Wednesday and Saturday since mid June and is scheduled to continue to early September.

Cork County Council has welcomed and accepted a number of applications from members of Skibbereen’s business community for the placement of street furniture outside of commercial premises. Licenses have been awarded on a temporary basis with fees waived for the duration of the summer season.

Age Friendly parking spaces are being installed in the town centre to improve accessibility for elderly and vulnerable, ensuring Skibbereen is a safe place for everyone to visit and conduct their business.

Mayor of the County of Cork Cllr Mary Linehan Foley congratulated the local community for working alongside Cork County Council to achieve these many improvements:

“Measures taken in Skibbereen reflect the incredible bond in communities throughout the county. Our ability to come together and do what we can to improve our towns and villages is one of the greatest strengths we have in Cork and Skibbereen is just one example among many of what we can achieve when we pull together. We all have our part to play, and I encourage everyone to take advantage of the measures put in place, support your neighbours and local businesses as we continue to rise to the challenges of Covid 19. We can do this by shopping locally and supporting one another while adhering to public health advice.”

Chief Executive of Cork County Council Tim Lucey added:

“This programme of works and public realm improvements, designed to deliver for the community and economy of Skibbereen Town and its hinterland, have been made possible by the phenomenal contributions from, and cooperation of, everyone involved in the Town Team, as well as support from the wider community. Similar measures are taking place in towns and villages through the county, individually tailored to meet the needs identified locally toensure the promotion of social distancing, maximisation of space for pedestrians and the enhancement of space for commercial activity.These measures show the resilience of our social and commercial spirit, and will foster growth for Cork County in these remarkable times.”


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Launch of €72,536 Community Enhancement Programme for Cork County

Image: William Murphy (via Flickr)





Cork County Council is inviting applications from community and voluntary groups for funding under the Community Enhancement Programme for 2020.

The scheme provides a flexible and targeted approach to funding communities most in need and supports a range of investment in all areas of the community to either kick-start, advance or complete a range of worthwhile projects. The total amount available for Cork County in 2020 is €72,536.

Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Mary Linehan Foley, also encouraged community groups to apply, saying:

“This scheme offers funding support to communities across Cork County to help them to enhance facilities through the purchase of equipment, tools and a range of other improvement sin keeping with the ethos of the scheme. Community groups do such incredibly valuable work and I urge them to familiarise themselves with this programme and to apply for funding if it can benefit their communities.”

Chief Executive of Cork County Council, Tim Lucey, said:

“Cork County Council’s Community Enhancement Programme is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development and supported by our Local Community Development Committees (LCDCs). This funding is targeted towards enhancing facilities for communities impacted by disadvantage, as identified in the Local Economic and Community Plan. We encourage any not for profit community or voluntary group with projects meeting the criteria to apply.”

Examples of eligible capital expenditure under the programme include youth clubs or facilities, sports and recreation facilities, development and improvements to community centres and common areas, once off maintenance of premises (not including regular maintenance), upgrades to community amenities/equipment and energy efficiency type projects.

There are two types of grants available under the programme i.e. small scale capital grants up to a maximum of €1,000 or less and capital grants in excess of €1,000.

Applications can be made online at www.yourcouncil.ieClosing date for applications is Friday, 7th August at 4:00pm. All allocated monies will have to be spent by end of the year.

For further information, contact the Local Community Development Unit, Cork County Council on 021- 4285561 or 021-4285295 or email [email protected]


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€19,500 & €3,500 worth of drugs seized in Cork in two separate raids





Gardaí have arrested a man and seized €3,500 of suspected cocaine in Cork City on July 12, 2020.

At around 11.30pm Gardaí from the City Centre Policing Unit in Cork city were on patrol on South Main Street when they stopped a man, aged in his late 20s. These patrols form part of the units proactive approach to targeting street level drug dealing in the city centre.

The man was brought to Bridewell Garda Station for the purpose of a search and was found to be in possession of 10 bags of suspected cocaine worth an estimated €3,500 and a weighing scales.

He was arrested and is currently detained under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act 1996.

The suspected drugs will now be sent for analysis.


Gardaí have also seized €19,500 worth of suspected drugs in Bantry on July 10, 2020.

At around 6pm Gardaí from the West Cork Divisional Drugs Unit, assisted by Bantry Gardaí  and the Southern Region Dog Unit, executed a search warrant at a house just outside Bantry town.

During the course of the search Gardaí  discovered a grow house containing €19,200 of suspected cannabis plants.

A further search of the property resulted in the seizure of €200 of suspected cannabis herb, €100 of suspected cocaine and a weighing scales. All of the suspected drugs will now be sent for analysis.

The local Scenes of Crime Unit also attended and photographed the scene and all of the seized items.

No arrests have been made but Gardaí are following a definite line of enquiry.


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A total of 17 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland – No further deaths reported today





Today the HPSC confirms a further 17 cases of COVID-19 in the Republic of Ireland.

This brings the total number of confirmed cases in Ireland to 25,628.

No further deaths are being reported today.

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Missing Person Appeal Deirdre Redmond, 50, Co. Wexford





Gardaí are appealing for assistance in tracing the whereabouts of 50-year-old Deirdre Redmond who is missing in the Gorey area of Co Wexford.

Deirdre has short red/dark hair, is approximately 5ft 6” in height and of slim build. When last seen she was wearing a purple top and dark jeans. She was last seen leaving her house in Gorey at approximately 2pm on Saturday, 11th July 2020.

Her family are concerned for her wellbeing and have sought Garda assistance in tracing her.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Gorey Garda Station on 053–9430690 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.

Note to Editor: A photograph of Deirdre is attached to this press release. This photograph has been provided for the sole purpose of assisting a Garda investigation into tracing a person reported as missing and should not be used for any other purpose.


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A total of 23 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland – 2 further deaths reported today





Today the HPSC confirms a further 23 cases of COVID-19 in the Republic of Ireland.

This brings the total number of confirmed cases in Ireland to 25,611.

2 further deaths are being reported today.

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It’s now mandatory to wear a face covering while on Public Transport





13th July 2020:

It is now mandatory to wear a Face Covering while using public transport. Failing to do so can result in a fine of up to €2500 or a 6 month jail sentence.


11th July 2020:

Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly TD, today (Friday 10 July) signed the Health Act 1947 (Section 31A – Temporary Restrictions) (Covid-19) (Face Coverings on Public Transport) Regulations 2020 for the mandatory wearing of face covering on public transport.

The regulations provide that, from 13 July 2020, members of the public shall not, without reasonable excuse, travel by public transport without wearing a face covering.

Reasonable excuse includes where a person:

  • Cannot put one on, wear or remove a face covering because of any physical or mental illness, impairment or disability or without severe distress
  • Needs to communicate with another person who has difficulties communicating
  • Removes the face covering to provide emergency assistance or to provide care or assistance to a vulnerable person
  • Removes the face covering to take medication.

The Regulations do not apply to children under the age of 13. 

Where a passenger is not wearing a face covering, a relevant person under the Regulations may request the passenger to wear a face covering, refuse the passenger entry to the public transport vehicle, or may request the passenger to alight from the vehicle.  A passenger must comply with these requests or with a refusal of entry. Failure to comply is an offence.

Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly TD, said: “Mandatory wearing of face coverings on public transport will not only protect staff and passengers alike, but reinforce the need for all of us to embrace new habits during this pandemic. Physical distancing, hand washing, cough/sneeze etiquette and face coverings are small, individual measures that can make a significant difference to many lives.

“The wearing of face coverings in appropriate settings is a sign of solidarity to your friends and family, your health service and their staff who continue to be at the frontline of this crisis and solidarity to your country as we all continue in our efforts to suppress this disease.”

Minister for Climate Action, Communication Networks and Transport, Eamon Ryan TD, said: As we work to safely reopen society, the number of people using public transport will increase. While I am aware that there has been a good response to the wearing of face coverings on public transport services, we need to ensure that everyone complies, with the exception of those who cannot do so for health reasons or due to young age. The mandatory wearing of face coverings will play an important role in ensuring that those who need to travel can do so safely. This is something we can all easily do to help control the virus and protect one another.”

Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Ronan Glynn, said: “When wearing a face covering, ensure your hands are clean before putting on and removing. Do not touch the front of the covering, instead apply and remove the covering using the ear loops. If you require a number of coverings as you go about your day, store used coverings in a plastic, zip lock bag until you can wash them at 60 degrees.

“It is important to be aware that some members of the public are unable to wear face coverings due to health reasons or age and should not be criticised or judged for this.

“Ensure you are familiar with the appropriate use and disposal of face coverings through reputable sources such as gov.ie/health or hse.ie.”

More guidance on the appropriate use of face coverings is available here.

Notes:

Wearing a face covering is recommended in situations where social distancing is not possible, for example shops and busy public transport, or if you are meeting someone who is vulnerable to the virus, for example people who are cocooning. Wearing cloth face coverings may help prevent people who do not know they have the virus from spreading it to others.

Wearing of face coverings is recommended in the following circumstances:

  • When staying 2 metres apart from people is difficult – for example, in shops, shopping centres or public transport
  • By people visiting the homes of those who are cocooning
  • By people who are being visited in their homes by those who are cocooning

People wearing face coverings are still advised to do the important things necessary to prevent the spread of the virus.

These include:

  • Washing your hands properly and often
  • Covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough and sneeze
  • Not touching your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
  • Social distancing (keeping at least 2 metres away from other people)

Cloth face coverings are not suitable for children under the age of 13 and anyone who:

  • Has trouble breathing
  • Is unconscious or incapacitated
  • Is unable to remove it without help
  • Has special needs and who may feel upset or very uncomfortable wearing the face covering

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HSE are warning the public of Contact Tracing phishing scam





Today, (Friday 10th July), the HSE is urging the public to be vigilant in light of reports of a telephone/text scam from criminals claiming to be HSE contact tracing and testing staff.

The fraudulent calls and text messages claim that the person has been identified as a close contact of someone who has COVID-19 and ask for money for a testing kit to be sent to them and for bank details.

The HSE does not charge the public for COVID-19 related services, including testing, and such texts and calls should be ignored.

Any close contacts of a confirmed positive case of COVID-19 will be contacted by phone call by the Contact Tracing Team or Public Health Staff in the HSE and referred for a test. The HSE does not charge or ask for payment for testing.

If the COVID-19 Tracker App has identified you as a close contact you will see a red box with the advice on what you should do next on all pages of the app.

You will NEVER be asked for your bank details or to pay for testing by a member of HSE contact tracing staff.

If you are concerned or suspicious about any contact you have received regarding

Today, (Friday 10th July), the HSE is urging the public to be vigilant in light of reports of a telephone/text scam from criminals claiming to be HSE contact tracing and testing staff.

The fraudulent calls and text messages claim that the person has been identified as a close contact of someone who has Covid-19 and ask for money for a testing kit to be sent to them and for bank details.

The HSE does not charge the public for Covid-19 related services, including testing, and such texts and calls should be ignored.

Any close contacts of a confirmed positive case of Covid-19 will be contacted by phone call by the Contact Tracing Team or Public Health Staff in the HSE and referred for a test. The HSE does not charge or ask for payment for testing.

If the Covid-19 Tracker App has identified you as a close contact you will see a red box with the advice on what you should do next on all pages of the app.

You will NEVER be asked for your bank details or to pay for testing by a member of HSE contact tracing staff.

If you are concerned or suspicious about any contact you have received regarding Covid-19 testing, please ring HSELive on 1850 24 1850 and contact your local Gardaí.


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A total of 25 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland – 1 further death reported today





Today the HPSC confirms a further 25 cases of COVID-19 in the Republic of Ireland.

This brings the total number of confirmed cases in Ireland to 25,589.

1 further death is being reported today.

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