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1 / Gardai in Drogheda are targeting gang members who have outstanding bench warrants or who are failing to adhere to strict bail or probation restrictions, in a bid to restrict movement and keep warring factions at bay. Yesterday, one leading figure in the feud, a male aged 24, was arrested at Dublin Airport for breaching his bail conditions.
Read more on The Journal.ie: Drogheda feud: Gardaí target ‘every little detail’ in search for perpetrators
2 / In other news related to the ongoing feud in Drogheda, Gardai officers have been warned by senior officers to be mindful over their personal safety after one officer stationed in Drogheda was followed home by members of one side of the feuding gangs in the town.
The incident is reported to have occurred days before the savage killing of Keane-Mulready Woods last week. The Garda in question noticed a vehicle following him and called colleagues, who raced to the scene and stopped the vehicle, say the Irish Independent.
Read the full story here: Gardaí warned over safety as officer tailed home by gangsters
3 / With seemingly no end in sight for the 600 or so residents and businesses in Tallanstown who continue to live with a Boil Water Notice in place since last July, Louth County Council say offering up water tanker for the area won’t help the situation. They say even that water would have to be boiled too, so it would only be an extra burden to travel to the tanker for the water.
Read the full story here: Water tankers will only be ‘extra burden’ on Tallanstown residents, say council
4 / Rebuilding Ireland has been an “abject failure” and the rental crisis in Ireland, with rents increasing apparently with no end in sight, is “ridiculous, unsustainable and unacceptable.” Those are the sentiments of General Election candidate Ruairí Ó Murchú who, after Sinn Féin launched their housing plan yesterday, echoed those calls by asking Louth County Council to write to Minister Eoghan Murphy requesting a three year rent freeze.
Read the full story here: Ó Murchú labels rent spiral “ridiculous, unsustainable and unacceptable”
5 / And finally, this morning. Gardai were present on the Bridge of Peace in Drogheda last night carrying out a checkpoint in a bid to find witnesses to last Monday’s shooting in which a taxi driver was shot and wounded. The incident happened at rush hour on Monday evening January 13 and Gardai are keen to speak to potential witnesses, report LMFM.
Read the full story here: Drogheda Gardaí return to Bridge of Peace to appeal for witnesses a week on from taxi gun attack