Welcome to The Briefing. This is LouthNow.ie’s morning bulletin, brought to you in association with Ardee Credit Union. Every weekday morning, we will bring you what you need to know for the day ahead in a digestible, quick read so you can get on with your day.
1 / There is an armed police presence on the streets of Drogheda 24 hours a day due to the feud among rival gangs currently ongoing in the town, report Independent.ie today. Officers from the Emergency Response Unit – you may recall reading about them yesterday – have been deployed to support the Armed Support Unit which is based locally.
Journalist Tom Brady reports that the ERU is not yet operating at the strength that existed before the overall size of the Garda force was allowed to diminish due to a post-recession recruitment bana decade ago. However, 21 vacancies in the ERU are expected to be filled soon.
Senior Garda figures, including Chief Supt for Louth Christy Mangan, said yesterday that the ERU had the resources to cope in Drogheda and elsewhere.
Read more on Independent.ie: Armed gardai on streets in feud town 24 hours a day after Keane Mulready-Woods murder
2 / Some news from over the northern border now. PSNI officers are investigating the theft of 19 Limousin cattle from a farm in the Battleford Road area of Armagh.
Constable Phil Orr said the theft of the animals from a shed at the farm is believed to have occurred sometime between 5pm on Saturday, January 18 and 9:30am on Sunday, January 19.
“Most of the cattle aged between 15 and 16 months old were mostly red-coloured and all tagged,” he said. “I want to appeal to anyone who was in the Battleford Road area between 5pm on Saturday (January 18) and 9:30am on Sunday and saw any suspicious behaviour, or any strange vehicles, to get in touch with us.
“I would also urge anyone who is offered animals for sale, matching the description of the cattle reported stolen, in suspicious circumstances, or who knows of their whereabouts or who is responsible for this to call police on the non-emergency number 101, and quoting reference number 475 of 20/01/20.”
Read the full story here: Appeal to find 19 cattle stolen from farm in Armagh
3 / Gerry Adams, outgoing TD for Louth, has been a high profile presence on the campaign trail for Sinn Féin over the last week. Independent.ie report this morning that he is one of 17 retiring Deputies that will share a €22 million pension pot upon leaving public service.
The report values Adams’ pension at €685,592, with the former Sinn Féin President to receive a lump sum of a little over €63,000. Former Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s pension is valued at over €3.25million.
Read the full story here: Pension pot: 17 retiring TDs to share €22m bonanza
4 / Meanwhile, the man who steps into Adams’ shoes on the party’s general election ticket Ruairí Ó Murchú launches his election campaign in Dundalk this evening, following on from an event in Drogheda on Monday in which Imelda Munster launched her campaign with the help of Adams and Mary Lou McDonald.
Ó Murchú spoke to LouthNow.ie about his parties plans for three year rental freezes and tax credits for renters. Yesterday, Fianna Fáil popped a pin in that particular balloon, claiming on the basis of legal advice that such a move would be unconstitutional.
5 / And finally, congratulations to Ardee man Frankie Fenton who’s new feature film The Grass Ceiling has been selected for the Dublin International Film Festival in March this year. Fenton, who previously made his directorial debut making the acclaimed documentary I’m Not Really Here, acts as producer on the sports documentary.
The feature explores three successful female athletes and what drives them to play, to succeed and to go again. It made it’s world premiere at the 64th Cork Film Festival last November.