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Your Morning Briefing: Ireland braces for Storm Agnes, Naval Service seizes fleeing drugs container ship

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Almost €6.8m is owed in derelict site levies in Dublin city, and there are plans to introduce alcohol breath-test device that stops a vehicle from starting if the driver is over limit.

Naval Service fired twice at large container ship carrying drugs through Irish waters

Gardaí believe a container ship that Army Ranger Wing members were winched on to in stormy conditions on Tuesday is carrying cocaine worth at least tens of millions of euros.

A number of sources told The Irish Times it was possible the haul was worth well in excess of €100 million, though that would only become clear when the boat was properly searched in Cobh, Co Cork on Wednesday.

The large vessel – the Panamanian-registered MV Matthew – was attempting to flee when the Naval Service’s LÉ William Butler Yeats and Air Corps helicopters closed in on it off the Co Cork coast on Tuesday.

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An Air Corps helicopter hovers above the MV Matthew off the Irish coast yesterday. The vessel was escorted into Cork port after Irish military personal boarded the ship. Photograph: Defence Forces

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