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Man Arrested After Fleeing From Gardaí

A man, aged in his 20s, has been arrested following a "managed pursuit" when he failed to stop for gardaí.

As part of Operation Thor garda were patrolling in Navan, County Meath and attempted to stop a vehicle. The vehicle fled the scene and gardaí gave chase. During the managed pursuit, the offending vehicle collided with an unmarked Garda car a number of times. The offending vehicle was eventually stopped in a housing estate in the area.

The driver, a male in his early 20s, was arrested a short distance away and was detained at Navan Garda Station. No persons were injured.

The man has since been charged in relation to this incident and bailed to appear before Trim District Court next month.

Investigations are ongoing.

Revenue Seized Cash And Alcohol In Galway City

Revenue officers have been granted a three month cash detention order by Judge John King at Clifden District Court.

The court order was issued after Revenue seized almost €11,800 following a search, under warrant, of a residential property in Galway City.

During the course of the operation, Revenue officers also seized 809 litres of alcohol as no proof of duty paid could be provided. The alcohol has an estimated retail value of almost €3,500 representing a potential loss to the Exchequer of over €1,600.

A woman in her thirties and a man in his sixties were questioned.

Investigations are ongoing.

SIPTU Demands Immediate Contingency Plan For Cork Ambulance Services

SIPTU representatives have demanded that an immediate contingency plan is put in place to deal with the unacceptable obstruction of ambulance resources at Cork University Hospital (CUH).

SIPTU Health Division Organiser, Paul Bell said: "Our members are deeply concerned in the CUH and beyond that the overcrowding crisis is now obstructing them from doing their jobs effectively. We have an unacceptable situation where ambulance professionals and very expensive equipment is being held up for hours while other patients need immediate care. This is not sustainable. We need an immediate contingency plan to deal with this. As we enter the winter period this problem is only more likely to get worse and we need action now."

He added: "The reality is we need to see a dramatic increase in bed capacity at CUH to alleviate overcrowding and trolley pressure and to assist our members in the National Ambulance Service in the hand-over of patients."

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