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The world's biggest security company has just shut one of its Dublin bases

GLOBAL SECURITY GIANT G4S has closed one of its Dublin bases in a move that made 24 staff redundant.

The company shuttered one of its security centres, in Citywest, which Fora understands provided remote security monitoring services for thousands of commercial properties and businesses throughout the Republic of Ireland.

The customers’ premises will now be remotely monitored from Belfast, instead of Dublin.

G4S said that this was a once-off move, adding that it has no other plans at present to shift operations from the Republic to Northern Ireland.

It also said as a direct result of the closure it is recruiting an extra 18 staff in Belfast. It would not confirm if any of the new hires would include workers made redundant in Dublin.

The UK-based security services firm is one of the world’s largest companies, with sales of about £7.6 billion (€8.5 billion) annually. It is the biggest security provider globally, with over half a million people in its workforce.

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Clampdown on burglars is welcome

Great article from the DublinPeople website:

HOUSEHOLDERS have reason to be hopeful following the Minister for Justice’s vow to get tough on repeat offenders when it comes to burglaries.

In publishing the General Scheme of the Criminal Justice (Burglary of Dwellings) Bill last week, Minister Frances Fitzgerald promised tougher sentencing and bail restrictions for serial home intruders.

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Mugger caught cashing in victim’s winning betting slip has been jailed for two years

A mugger who was caught when he was spotted on CCTV cashing in his victim’s winning betting slip has been jailed for two years

Anthony Paget (39) of Carnlough Road, Cabra, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to robbing Mark O’Brien in Dublin city centre on June 9, 2013. He had 39 previous convictions including one for a serious assault.

Judge Martin Nolan said Paget, who is a father of five, was arrested “following good police work”. He accepted Paget made admissions but said it was a serious crime that frightened the victim.

Garda Patrick Gallagher told Dara Hayes BL, prosecuting, that Mr O’Brien was walking along Millennium Bridge when a girl with “a skinny face and a Dublin accent” approached him and asked him for a change.

He told her to “clear off” before a “fella came from behind” and lifted him up in a choke hold while another man patted him down.

Mr O’Brien was not able to give a description of the men but told gardaí they took his wallet which included a winning Boyle Sport betting slip, a bank card and a Luas card.

Garda Gallagher said no verbal threats were issued but “something” was put to the victim’s neck.The following day Gardaí retrieved CCTV footage from a nearby Boyle Sports where Paget and his two accomplices could be seen cashing in the betting slip.Paget was nominated as a suspect and later told Gardaí he bought snow blow and alcohol with the cashed in bet. Mr O’Brien’s wallet was found on him when he was arrested.The female accomplice is due to be sentenced later after she pleaded guilty to the offence, while the second man is due to stand trial.Emmet Nolan BL, defending said his client was remorseful for his behaviour on the night.

Counsel said his client is illiterate having never sat State exams and has spent over 10 years living on the streets. He came in touch with a “bad peer group” and by 19 years old he was a heroin addict.