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Around €4m worth of cocaine and cannabis has been seized and six people arrested in three separate garda operations in Dublin. The Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau seized 35kgs of cocaine worth €2.8m when they intercepted a handover of the drugs between two cars in a car park in Liffey Valley at around 7.10pm last night. The drugs were being moved from a Dutch registered car to an Irish registered car. 

Three men and  one woman, two of which were Dutch nationals and two from Co Meath, were arrested at the scene. All four are aged in their 40s and are currently detained at Clondalkin, Ballyfermot and Lucan garda stations.  Gardaí said the suspects are connected to a criminal gang operating in north Dublin and Meath.They said that the seizure has resulted in a major importation route being detected and disbanded. Cash totalling approximately €50,000 was also recovered in a follow up search at a residence in Co Meath. In a second operation targeting another Meath-based drugs gang, officers from the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau seized 45kgs of cannabis herb. The drugs, which are estimated to be worth more than €800,000, were found in a van stopped on the Naas Road at Rathcoole, Co Dublin. One man in his 40s from Navan was arrested at the scene.In a separate operation by the Finglas Drugs Unit, a man was arrested after gardaí seized around

€210,000 worth of cannabis resin following a planned search in the area.

 

The government has been accused of being too slow when it comes to tackling issues related to violence against women.

Umbrella group 'The Irish Observatory on Violence Against Women' says it is time Ireland ratified the Istanbul Convention.

The measure commits countries to greater efforts on issues like violence prevention and prostitution.

Orla O'Connor from the National Women's Council of Ireland says the government is lacking urgency on this issue.

WEATHER 

Today will be a cold, windy and showery day with good sunny spells. Showers will be heavy at times with a slight risk of hail and thunder. Afternoon temperatures will reach just 5 to 8 degrees and it will feel even colder in the strong and gusty westerly winds.