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Drugs, Guns And Murder In The Capital.
 
# 46 : Friday 24-10-2008 @ 00:06
 
 
Someone said :

But what do they do with the leftover rocks?

fetch

They fraggle them.
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# 47 : Friday 7-11-2008 @ 00:13
 
 
Huge cocaine seizure off southwest coast


Gardaí, the Naval Service and Customs have seized a consignment of at least 1.5 tonnes of cocaine off the southwest coast.

Gardaí say they found packages of cocaine with an estimated street value of around €500m, which would exceed last year's record €440m seizure at Dunlough Bay in west Cork.

The drugs were on a 60-foot yacht that was taken into custody around 200 miles off the southwest coast last night.
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The boat is being brought to shore in Cork under armed guard and is due ashore tomorrow morning.

Three men between the ages of 44 and 52 have been detained by gardaí and the investigation is continuing.

They are being questioned at garda stations in Bantry and Bandon.

The seizure is the result of a Joint Task Force operation code-named Seabight that has been ongoing for for a number of weeks.

Ireland was one of seven EU member states that established the Maritime Analysis and Operations Centre Against Narcotics in Lisbon in Portugal last year.

The yacht carrying these drugs was tracked all the way across the Atlantic from that centre leading to today's seizure.

Ireland's contribution to the operation of the centre is less than €250,000 per year. It looks as if that investment has already been repaid with rich dividends.

The Minister for Defence, Willie O'Dea has congratulated the Naval Service on the success of this operation.

He said: 'It is a timely reminder to us all of the dangers the Naval Service confronts in the assistance it gives to the gardaí and Customs Assets in respect of drug interdiction.

'It is also clear evidence that Ireland has a Naval Service that is a multi-skilled, highly-trained force.'

The Justice Minister, Dermot Ahern, has also congratulated the Joint Drugs Task Force on the operation.

Taoiseach Brian Cowen tonight congratulated all those involved in the operation.

'I want to congratulate and compliment all those involved for their professionalism and dedication to duty, a massive drugs haul like this should not be seen just in terms of the hundreds of millions of euro of drugs seized, but also in terms of the lives saved and the misery avoided as a result,' he said.

'The Government is working hard to rid our cities and towns from the scourge of drug addiction and the crimes associated with drug trafficking.

'Today is a success but we must not become complacent, constant vigilance must be maintained.'
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# 48 : Monday 18-5-2009 @ 19:29
 
 
Body found in car boot in Dublin


A man's body has been discovered in the boot of a car in Dublin.

The body was discovered by gardaí last night in the car which had been found crashed in St Joseph's Park, a halting site just off Dunsink Lane in Finglas.

Investigators have launched a murder inquiry but have yet to confirm how the man died.
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They are examining the possibility that the man, who had severe injuries, was either shot or stabbed.

The man's body has been removed from the scene to a Dublin hospital for a full post-mortem investigation.

Detectives say they want to question the driver of the car that was stopped by gardaí on patrol before it was found crashed into a wall at St Joseph's Park in Dunsink Lane.

The man is described as being in his late 20s, with short black hair and spoke with a Dublin accent.

Gardaí say the silver BMW 3 series car was not stolen, but would not confirm the owner's identity.

The victim has not yet been named but it is understood he had an address in Co Meath.

Gardaí would like anyone who was in the St Joseph's Park area of Finglas last night to contact them at Finglas Garda Station on 01-6667500 or on the garda confidential number 1800 666 111.

Thye also appealed for anybody who spotted the car, registration number 04 D 15553, anywhere between Navan and Finglas last night to contact them.
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# 49 : Monday 18-5-2009 @ 20:06
 
 
Someone said :
Every few years since around 1972 the government gets tougher on the drugs trade. And every few years the value of the trade doubles and the penalties get worse attracting ever more dangerous and desperate people. It's long past time to admit that a significant minority of the population will indulge in - for the most part - relatively benign illegal substances. For political reasons we're a long way from biting that bullet yet.

Legalise drugs and then it will cut down on the criminal godfathers.
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# 50 : Monday 18-5-2009 @ 23:05
 
 
World strategy on fighting drugs has failed, never mind Ireland. The producing countries and the main consumption countries leaders need to come together and draw up a new plan.
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# 51 : Monday 18-5-2009 @ 23:19
 
 
In 1700 gin hit London for the first time, there was an epidemic of addiction if you look at newspaper articles at the time, the stories read very like the early crack epidemic from modern times. So they made gin illegal so backstreet stills opened and there were gin pushers. The policy failed, so they legalised gin again regulated the industry, slowly upped the tax and reduced the strenght then the problem went away.

I don't know if you could do that today Cystal meths and coke pretty dangerous drugs in that they can make people violent etc But surely they can't go on with the present policy, it's not only fukcing up people crims societys It's destroying countries.
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# 52 : Tuesday 19-5-2009 @ 07:19
 
 
Someone said :
In 1700 gin hit London for the first time, there was an epidemic of addiction if you look at newspaper articles at the time, the stories read very like the early crack epidemic from modern times. So they made gin illegal so backstreet stills opened and there were gin pushers. The policy failed, so they legalised gin again regulated the industry, slowly upped the tax and reduced the strenght then the problem went away.

I don't know if you could do that today Cystal meths and coke pretty dangerous drugs in that they can make people violent etc But surely they can't go on with the present policy, it's not only fukcing up people crims societys It's destroying countries.

I read a book recently called illicit, part of which focused on the worlds failed drug policy and the options open to it. It's looking pretty grim. The first step is for governments to admit their strategy was a disaster.
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# 53 : Tuesday 19-5-2009 @ 11:27
 
 
Someone said :
In 1700 gin hit London for the first time, there was an epidemic of addiction if you look at newspaper articles at the time, the stories read very like the early crack epidemic from modern times. So they made gin illegal so backstreet stills opened and there were gin pushers. The policy failed, so they legalised gin again regulated the industry, slowly upped the tax and reduced the strenght then the problem went away.

Herewith a seminal engraving on the topic, William Hogarth's Gin Lane . Note the corpse, the hanged man and the woman throwing away the baby (the latter seemingly based on an actual incident where a baby's clothes were sold for gin money).


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# 54 : Tuesday 19-5-2009 @ 12:57
 
 
Illi I don't know, for govs to admit the current "war on drugs" is a disaster which it clearly is, perhaps that would be a first step, I think it goes back to our biology I have little doubt, that we as an animal have been "doing drugs" since the dawn of human time.
You can draw a parellel from gin lane, but there are drugs out there which I would not like to see my nephs and nieces involved in. I seen the before and after pictures from metz, also how to turn say an interesting man David Attenborough into a gabbering gibbering idiot with zero social conscience well that would be coke.
I myself am not 1 to talk on experimenting on altering my consciousness as I never done drugs, I drink and i inhale the nicotine gas and I caffeine but that's it really, I don't know if you could legalise say metz, regulate it, weaken it, then tax it as they did with gin.

But surely the "war on drugs" is a trillion dollar industrial human failure, we have to look on alternatives. Even religion is an experiment in altering consciousness, altering consciousness is something we seem to want to do and that in a way makes sense.
So I say let's experiment with legalisation. See what happens it cant be any worse than what is happening with the current illegalisation.
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# 55 : Tuesday 19-5-2009 @ 16:45
 
 
Someone said :
Illi I don't know, for govs to admit the current "war on drugs" is a disaster which it clearly is, perhaps that would be a first step, I think it goes back to our biology I have little doubt, that we as an animal have been "doing drugs" since the dawn of human time.
You can draw a parellel from gin lane, but there are drugs out there which I would not like to see my nephs and nieces involved in. I seen the before and after pictures from metz, also how to turn say an interesting man David Attenborough into a gabbering gibbering idiot with zero social conscience well that would be coke.
I myself am not 1 to talk on experimenting on altering my consciousness as I never done drugs, I drink and i inhale the nicotine gas and I caffeine but that's it really, I don't know if you could legalise say metz, regulate it, weaken it, then tax it as they did with gin.

But surely the "war on drugs" is a trillion dollar industrial human failure, we have to look on alternatives. Even religion is an experiment in altering consciousness, altering consciousness is something we seem to want to do and that in a way makes sense.
So I say let's experiment with legalisation. See what happens it cant be any worse than what is happening with the current illegalisation.

4Paul, i don't have the solution to this. Nobody has. However, i do know that if someone wants to take drugs, they can get them pretty much whenever or wherever they need them in this day and age.

There are two many drug deaths, too much profit for criminals, too much of a strain on justice systems/police forces of the world to leave it illegal.

People are usually very naive when they first experiment with drugs and aren't aware of the real dangers and different degrees of addiction of different drugs.

I'm well aware of the dangers of drugs and if your nephew or nieces were hanging around with people that were experimenting with drugs, they would be offered drugs whether they were criminalised or legal.

Are there any good arguements for leaving drugs in their illegal state?
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# 56 : Tuesday 19-5-2009 @ 16:51
 
 
Someone said :

4Paul, i don't have the solution to this. Nobody has. However, i do know that if someone wants to take drugs, they can get them pretty much whenever or wherever they need them in this day and age.

There are two many drug deaths, too much profit for criminals, too much of a strain on justice systems/police forces of the world to leave it illegal.

People are usually very naive when they first experiment with drugs and aren't aware of the real dangers and different degrees of addiction of different drugs.

I'm well aware of the dangers of drugs and if your nephew or nieces were hanging around with people that were experimenting with drugs, they would be offered drugs whether they were criminalised or legal.

Are there any good arguements for leaving drugs in their illegal state?

not one i think,apart from the usual mary whitehouse fanatics who really have no first hand experience about what they are talking about..and whos opinions are formed soley by the scaremongering of others....Of course the war on drugs in unwinnable.its a 100 year old war that has made no progess...
Just think for one second,,,if all this money thats spent on the war on drugs was put into education,rehabilation and treatment instead would this not be a better option?¿??
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# 57 : Saturday 13-6-2009 @ 18:04
 
 
Shooting, stabbing and shallow grave probed

SEPARATE murder investigations are under way following the discovery of two bodies in Dublin.

One of the men — a senior gangland figure — was from Finglas, north Dublin, while the other man was killed in Finglas.

In a third investigation, a young man escaped with his life in Finglas after being shot by gunmen on a motorbike.

None of the incidents are believed to be linked.

Meanwhile, a man remained in critical condition after being seriously assaulted in the north inner city.

Yesterday’s events began when a man’s body was spotted near a busy junction in Finglas at 5.15am. The man, named locally as Maurice Martin, had been stabbed a number of times.

Martin, 21, had addresses in O’Devaney Gardens flat complex in the north inner city and, more recently, in Kells, Co Meath. According to local sources, he was drinking with other people in a nearby field overnight.

Apart from crimes committed as a child, he did not have many convictions.

Just after noon yesterday, gardaí recovered a body in a ditch in a field just off the M1 Dublin-to-Belfastmotorway near Lusk, north Dublin.

Paul Smith was a senior criminal from Finglas and was a suspect in the murder of Graham McNally in Finglas last January. The 34-year-old was a lieutenant in a gang run by Paul "Farmer" Martin, from Kippure Park in Finglas, who was shot dead by a local gang boss last August.

Smith was married into the Martin family and gardaí are investigating if he was shot in retaliation for McNally’s murder.

There was one other gangland murder in Finglas this year — that of Michael Murray last March — and 10 since the start of 2006.

At about 5.15pm yesterday, a young man was shot by assailants travelling on a motorbike in Casement Park in Finglas.

Eyewitnesses, including young children out playing, saw the gunmen open fire, injuring the victim in the behind. He was taken to Mater Hospital, where his injuries are described as not life-threatening.

Meanwhile, in the north inner city, a 34-year-old man is in critical condition after being seriously assaulted on Thursday night.


This story appeared in the printed version of the Irish Examiner Saturday, June 13, 2009

Read more: http://www.examiner.ie/ireland/shooting-stabbing-and-shallow-grav etc ...
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# 58 : Saturday 13-6-2009 @ 18:19
 
 
Someone said :

4Paul, i don't have the solution to this. Nobody has. However, i do know that if someone wants to take drugs, they can get them pretty much whenever or wherever they need them in this day and age.

There are two many drug deaths, too much profit for criminals, too much of a strain on justice systems/police forces of the world to leave it illegal.

People are usually very naive when they first experiment with drugs and aren't aware of the real dangers and different degrees of addiction of different drugs.

I'm well aware of the dangers of drugs and if your nephew or nieces were hanging around with people that were experimenting with drugs, they would be offered drugs whether they were criminalised or legal.

Are there any good arguements for leaving drugs in their illegal state?

You make some very good point there and you do stray some of my fears for legalisation, you are right they will get them anyway if they seek them, perhaps legalisation of some form should be looked at.
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# 59 : Saturday 13-6-2009 @ 18:24
 
 
Someone said :

You make some very good point there and you do stray some of my fears for legalisation, you are right they will get them anyway if they seek them, perhaps legalisation of some form should be looked at.

I don't want this to come across as an arguement or even a debate but i would like some valid arguements from some source to keep drugs in their current state of illegality so as to sway me from my arguement to legalise them.

Deaths will decrease due to education, safehouses for heroin addicts to inject, less life threatening impurities in the substances and a lot of the time it's not the drug that kills.

It's the mix they use to dilute them.
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# 60 : Saturday 13-6-2009 @ 18:45
 
 
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Grenade thrown into house in Ennis.
13 June, 2009 - 15:34 Crime and Court
Gardai in Ennis are appealing for witnesses after a live hand grenade was thrown into a house in Cloughliegh in the early hours of this morning.

A controlled explosion has been carried out by members of the Army Bomb disposal unit following the discovery of the grenade at a house in Childers Road at around 4am this morning where a couple and six children were sleeping.

Gardai called in the Army Bomb disposal unit and the Defence Forces have confirmed the hand grenade was a viable device and of Eastern European origin.

It's the latest in a series of alaming incidents in the Cloughliegh area, and locals expressed fear today that lives could be lost if the situation gets any worse.

The grenade was thrown into the home of local man Christopher McDonagh who insists he's done nothing to warrant such a "cowardly attack".

Gardai in Ennis are appealing to any witnesses to the incident to contact them, and as locals express fears about speaking out, Superintendent John Scanlon is assuring them they can contact gardai in confidence

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This whole fued within the one family is all over drug money,since it started one factor of the family has hired one of the leading gangs from limerick,to provide protection for him and his family.They have even provided a house for their use,The entire neighbourhood is now a no go area.It is frightening to think that in this day and age a small group of scumbags can hold an entire community at ransom.
The realy frightening aspect is,the guards are scared to patrol this area and the armed unit has taken up residency lately to keep the peace.These lads dont fear the court system as there is too much money to be made..I wonder what would Develara think of his old stomping ground today.........
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