Entries in Dublin (5)


Dozens of Puppies Rescued from Cars in Ireland

File photo. BananaStock/Thinkstock(DUBLIN) -- In a sort of real-life version of the Disney classic 101 Dalmatians, up to 50 puppies were recovered from the back of two cars stopped by Dublin police on Tuesday.

The dogs were discovered in boxes in the rear of the vehicles when police searched the cars. The breeds included Cocker Spaniels, Springer Spaniels, Terriers, Beagles, Labradors and 25 Jack Russell terriers.

It is suspected that the dogs were brought into the country from the U.K. and were intended to be sold on the black market for several thousand euros.

Two males were arrested at the scene in connection to the investigation. One man was in his 20′s and the other in his 30′s. The two men were taken to the Coolock Garda Station in Dublin and will appear in court next month.

Officers from the Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals have taken the animals into quarantine.

This is an animal cruelty case and the investigation is ongoing, according to the Dublin police department.

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Aung San Suu Kyi Receives Amnesty Award at Concert in Dublin

PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL/AFP/GettyImages(DUBLIN) --After accepting the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Burma’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi touched down in Dublin on Monday to attend a concert organized by Amnesty International and accept the organization’s most prestigious honor, the Ambassador of Conscience award.

Suu Kyi took to the stage at Electric Burma, facing thousands of spectators, supporters and activists as U2 frontman Bono presented her with the honor awarded to her in 2009.  She also finally signed the Roll of Honorary Freedom of the City of Dublin awarded to her 12 years ago.

“This trip is very important for Amnesty International,” Salil Shetty, secretary-general of Amnesty International, told ABC.  “It’s a big celebration, but it’s also a reminder of the cruel fact that are so many prisoners of conscience and political prisoners still behind bars.”

Shetty called Suu Kyi a “symbol of hope” in a world full of “grim realities.”  He said that the Electric Burma concert was proof that the work of Suu Kyi and Amnesty bears fruit and inspires human rights work worldwide.

The head of Amnesty International Ireland, Colm O’Gorman, also underlined the importance of hope and inspiration.

“It’s a celebration and it needs to be a lot of fun, but I think it’s more about inspiration,” said O’Gorman.  “It’s a moment we have to use to refocus our efforts, to make sure we continue to champion human rights, democracy and freedom in Myanmar or Burma, or anywhere else in the world where they’re under threat.”

The latest Amnesty International briefing on Burma, based on a mission to the county last month, outlined the persistence of two main issues -- the continued detention of political prisoners and the treatment of ethnic minorities.  Conflict between the Burmese army and various ethnic groups, such as the Kachin, Karen and Shan, has been taking place for years.

Suu Kyi first began championing human rights in her home country in 1988, after brutal military crackdowns on peaceful protests, demanding the establishment of civilian elected government.  She was under house arrest until late 2010, for 15 out of the last 24 years.  This April, Suu Kyi and her party, the National League for Democracy won 43 out of 44 parliamentary seats.

“I am very excited, I never imagined I would see her in Dublin, you know?” said Eung Sen Phyo, a Burmese native who left the country almost 25 years ago, and who’s 12-year-old daughter presented Suu Kyi with a bouquet of flowers at Dublin airport.

“I would love to go and see the change happening in my country,” he added.  “Hopefully this is just the beginning.”

Hundreds of so-called prisoners of conscience remain in Burma, defined by Amnesty as people imprisoned because of their political, religious or other beliefs, usually in the absence of any kind of legal protocol.

In her Nobel address, Suu Kyi had said that “one prisoner of conscience is one too many,” and her message, that, despite recent developments, a lot of work in Burma remains to be done, was the theme of her address to Dublin crowds: “Troubles are not yet all over, and I’m confident that you will continue to stand with us.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Oklahoma City 911 Dispatchers Save Woman in Ireland

iStockphoto/Thinsktock(OKLAHOMA CITY) -- A 911 team in Oklahoma is being lauded during National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week for saving the life of a woman 4,000 miles away.

During the early hours of March 2, the distressed woman called the seven-digit, non-emergency number for the Oklahoma City dispatch.

“She was suicidal, had a gun and said she was going to kill herself,” David Shupe, director of 911 services, said. “Her biggest concern was making sure someone was contacted so her child would be OK.  She said repeatedly she was trying to get out of the life of prostitution.”

Shupe said he had no idea how the woman got the number for emergency services or what, if any, her familiarity with Oklahoma City was, but his dispatchers knew they needed to help.

Because she called the seven-digit number instead of 911, dispatchers were unable to track her location. “We managed ultimately to keep her on the phone for 30 minutes,” he said.

During that time, the 911 supervisor contacted AT&T, which traced the call to the Isle of Man in the Irish Sea. The supervisor then contacted their police department, which, in turn, was able to trace the call to Dublin, Shupe said.

Police visited the woman’s home where they found her with a stab wound to the arm. She was transported to a hospital for treatment.

“This was a pretty interesting piece of work from our perspective,” Shupe said.  “We don’t typically get involved with overseas departments. It was pretty innovative how the supervisor handled it.”

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London Has Worst Traffic in Europe

File Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LONDON) – London is the most congested city in Europe, according to traffic provider NAVTEQ.

The company released a list of Europe’s 10 most congested cities in regards to traffic, based on the duration of rush-hour delays in cities with more than one million people.

Paris came in second on the list, followed by Dublin, Berlin and Stockholm. Others cities on the list include Hamburg, Manchester, Lyon, Vienna and Marseilles.

According to NAVTEQ, traffic congestion can be caused by a combination of topographical characteristics, population and transportation systems.

"These circumstances and many others intersect with time to produce traffic," said Andreas Erwig, Director of NAVTEQ Traffic Europe. "Because the fascinating complexity of traffic is that it's not only about movement from here to there, but from now to then."

GPS, sensor data and information from police and emergency services were used to gather information for the study. 

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World Trade Centre to Open in Ireland

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(DUBLIN) -- The World Trade Centre Association announced plans to open the World Trade Centre Dublin, providing for Ireland "a new gateway to international trade opportunities."

"In the current economic climate every business needs to examine all its options and seek new business opportunities.  Through our network of world trade centers, we will be in a position to offer networking and trading opportunities with over one million companies throughout the world,"  WTCD Director David Pierce said about the launch.

On Wednesday, a breakfast briefing was held to discuss the details of the WTCD's first Irish project -- a joint professional initiative with Independent Colleges.  WTCD and Independent Colleges plan to work together to improve and grow the international trade competency of businesses in Ireland.

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