Revenue seizes cigarettes worth €4.6m at Dublin Port

Revenue officers seized over nine million cigarettes at Dublin Port today.

The cigarettes, branded ‘American Legend’ and ‘Fest’ were concealed in a 45-foot container which arrived into Dublin Port from Rotterdam and was said to contain tractor parts.

The smuggled cigarettes were revealed when, as a result of routine profiling, the container was selected for X-ray by Revenue's mobile scanner.

The cigarettes have a retail value in excess of €4.6m and represent a potential loss to the Exchequer of over €4m.

Shell to Sea protester arrested and taken to Mountjoy

The Shell to Sea protester Maura Harrington was arrested in Belmullet, CO Mayo, today and brought to serve 10 days in Mountjoy because of an unpaid fine.

Speaking on RTÉ News this evening, her brother Sean Harrington said he understands the fine of €300 related to attempts to block a tunnel-boring machine being brought into Ballinaboy in 2012.

He said that she was arrested around 3pm outside the Bank of Ireland in Belmullet before being taken to Dublin.

Man bailed on Belfast murder charge re-arrested

A man bailed on a charge of murdering a prison officer in Belfast has been arrested for a second time in 48 hours, it emerged today.

Christopher Robinson was returned to custody again amid claims that he tampered with an electronic tag fitted as part of his release conditions.

The 45-year-old has also been charged with a new offence of criminal damage to the device.

But he was re-admitted to bail once more after his lawyers argued that a fall outside his home caused the tag to come loose.

Mr Robinson, of Aspen Park in Dunmurry, Co Antrim, is accused of murdering 52-year-old Adrian Ismay in March.

Panama Papers source breaks silence, denies being a spy

German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung said that the source of millions of documents leaked to the newspaper from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca had sent them a manifesto, saying his motivation was the "scale of injustices" the papers revealed.

The source had never before publicly stated why he leaked the documents, now known as the Panama Papers, said Sueddeutsche Zeitung (SZ), one of Germany's most reputable newspapers.

In a 1,800-word manifesto published on the SZ website today, the source, calling himself "John Doe", praised others who have leaked secret and sensitive documents, such as Edward Snowden.

"Legitimate whistleblowers who expose unquestionable wrongdoing, whether insiders or outsiders, deserve immunity from government retribution, full stop," he said.

The source, who contacted the paper a year ago with an offer of encrypted internal documents from Mossack Fonseca, denied being a spy but said he had recognised the "scale of injustices" described in their contents.