The Irish are returning to the front pages once again after years out of the headlines, with a flurry of stories on Sunday about a spate of thefts in Dublin.
One of the most talked about stories, however, is the case of a carton of Lucky 7 eggs.
The lucky 7 eggs, which have been in circulation since the 1970s, are sold by Irish retailers for a relatively modest amount and are now being taken off the shelves.
The eggs were allegedly stolen from a warehouse in Dublin’s north inner city, and the eggs were later found in a house in Dublin city centre.
However, it’s not clear how many of the eggs are stolen, or whether they are being sold online.
The Irish have not been immune to the crooks.
The most recent incident happened in May, when a woman was robbed of about $1,400 worth of eggs.
She was taken to hospital for treatment, but later died from her injuries.
In July, a man in his 60s was robbed at gunpoint in Cork, and police have since arrested five men, who they believe are linked to the previous incidents.
One man was arrested after being shot at and robbed.
In January, a woman in her 40s was attacked at a house party in Dublin and was found with a bag full of stolen eggs.
A third suspect was arrested in May.
“The eggs are very difficult to get back into the market, so the price is going up,” said one source.
The problem with Lucky 7’s is that they are hard to track down, and there are only about 5,000 of them in circulation in the world.
This is partly due to the fact that the eggs have become a favourite item in the market for criminals.
There are also problems with the packaging, which is very expensive, and not easy to resell.
It’s also worth noting that Lucky 7 are currently only sold in France and Germany, although the company said that it has plans to sell the eggs in the US.
However there is some hope.
A spokesperson for the company, the Luffa company, said that the company was working with authorities to get the eggs back in circulation, and that it was working to find and contact the thieves.
“We’ve received a number of complaints about the egg theft that happened in Dublin, and we are investigating,” the spokesperson said.
“At this stage we cannot confirm whether or not any other eggs have been stolen or if there is any link to any other crime.”
Irish Times/Sinn Féin TD for Dublin South, Mary Lou McDonald, said she was happy that the thefts had stopped, but added that she was not sure that the Government was doing enough to prevent more thefts.
“They have had their opportunity to do something about it, and I do think it is a bit too early to tell,” she said.
She added that “there is a lot more that needs to be done to make sure that they don’t repeat this incident”.
The eggs are not cheap, and some of them are made in China, which has a reputation for its poor labour standards.
However McDonald also said that there was a lot of “good work” going on to ensure the eggs get back to market.
“There are also some good organisations, like the Irish Egg Association, who have worked hard to put this right, which I believe will make a huge difference to the eggs and people buying them,” she added.
“It’s disappointing that there are still some people who are stealing the eggs, but I think they should all be brought to justice.”
Irish Farmers Federation spokesman, Tom O’Sullivan, said he was not surprised that the theft had not stopped.
“I think that there’s been a very bad attitude by the Gardaí and the Irish Farmers Association,” he said.
However he added that he was hopeful that the Gardai would catch the crook and bring the culprit to justice.
“If there’s a lot money involved, then I would think that the gardaí would be interested in it, but it’s still something that we’re waiting for them to do,” he added.
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